via Nat Geo’s Found
The wind sculpts the dunes of the Sahara Desert in the Erg Bourarhet, Algeria, 1973.
Before Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, I used to do embroidery for a hobby. If I had resumed my hobby after Windows 95 crashed the computer, I wouldn’t have seen this photograph yesterday on National Geographic‘s blog that reminded of my simple chain stitch and a plethora of color in embroidery yarns at the arts and crafts stores.
Portrait of a woman dressed in clothing typical of Lagartera in Toledo, Spain, August 1924
Lagartera is a municipality [with a population of not even 2,000 people] located in the province of Toledo, Castile-La Mancha, Spain. The village is renowned for its centuries-old tradition of embroidery, needlework and lace-making.
The Spanish Wiki page on Largartera isn’t translated very well but it seems to trace the village to Celtic origins in the Iron Age. After the fall of the Roman empire, Toledo served as the capital city of Visigothic Spain until the Moors conquered the Iberian peninsula in the early 8th-century.
The earliest known documents Lagartera as people back to the early twelfth century when, once conquered Toledo by Alfonso VI , the Mozarabic began to repopulate the territory. Lagartera initially was thus a Moorish settlement.
Before I go too far off into the historic wilderness, commercialization of Lagartera’s handmade embroidery began in the early 20th-century. Nat Geo must have run a feature on the town in 1924, which is why this sultry Spaniard is so elaborately adorned.
NOTE: It turns out Jules Gervais-Courtellemont was a French photographer famous for taking color Autochromes during World War I. He took this photo around 1914. He eventually became a National Geographic photographer.
It’s only December 2nd and already I miss November is National Blog Posting Month. I’ve decided to make up my own month although I won’t be posting every day: December is Third Anniversary of this Blog Month.
I was flipping through the pages of National Geographic’s Traveler, and as it turns out, December is Edvard Munch’s 150th Birthday Month in Oslo, Norway. I was a bit surprised, though, Traveler made a mistake about the National Gallery mounting such masterpieces as the most recognized version of the”Scream.” The gallery is in Washington, D.C. and they held their 150th anniversary tribute May 19–July 28, 2013.
The Traveler is right in that “Scream” sold for $119.9 million at auction in 2012. I have a July 11, 2012 post about the sale on The Scream Thickens! The anonymous buyer at Sotheby’s auction in May turned out to be New York financier Leon Black, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The identity of the buyer—who set a record for a work of art sold at auction—had been one of the art world’s most closely guarded secrets since the dramatic, 12-minute sale in May. Now a new parlor game will begin: guessing where the iconic artwork ends up.
Well, if Leon Black bought the most recognized version of “Scream,” we can assume he loaned it to the National Gallery in May through July 2013.
NOTE: Edvard Munch portrayed many scenes of the Oslofjord. “The Ladies on the Bridge” are at Bjørvika’s burgeoning waterfront (if Traveler is to be believed), site of Oslo’s Opera House.
Day 18 — National Blog-Posting Month. I am putting Lewis Carroll aside for a day (or two) but I’ll stay with photographs of children. I’ve featured early color photographs of children from National Geographic’s Found blog before. This one caught my eye because my family has seven siblings. Five sisters and two brothers.
Seven siblings sit on a wooden fence in Quebec, Canada, May 1939.
The color process is Autochrome Lumière: a glass plate coated on one side with a random mosaic of microscopic grains of potato starch. It was invented by the Lumière Brothers (Auguste and Louis) in Lyon, France 1902; patented and on the market in America by 1907. It was the principal color photography process in use before the advent of Kodachrome in the mid-1930s.
The Lumière brothers worked in their father’s photo firm, Louis as a physicist and Auguste as a manager, after they graduated from the largest technical school in Lyon. Louis made improvements to the still-photograph process, most notably the dry-plate process. After their father retired in 1892, the brothers began to create motion pictures. They patented a number of significant processes leading up to their film camera.
The Lumière Brothers were the earliest film makers in history, holding their first private screening of projected motion pictures in 1895.
National Geographic‘s new photo archive, Found, is a curated collection of photography from the National Geographic archives created in honor of Nat Geo’s 125th anniversary. It’s a tumblr blog and James’s, a blogger at The Wall Breakers‘ favorite new photo archive. I’m glad he told me to check out some select photos. There are more photos on his post than mine, but I thought these two a smart set for the day after Labor Day Weekend.
Summer doesn’t officially end until Sept. 21st, but leaves will be turning to orange, gold, and red somewhere, most likely in Maine, and apples are ripening throughout the Northeast. I love the leather football cap the young man on the left is wearing atop his head, which in turn reminds me that College football has already started and last night the Seminoles beat Pitt in a 41 -13 rout.
Not too far away from Martinsburg, West Virginia and two years earlier in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the below four Amish children are sitting on their front stoop. I guess the two older on the left just got home from school so that’s why they’re wearing shoes and the two younger children are not. Suspenders and hats, apparently, are a must for boys at any age.
I can’t tell if this 1937 photo was colorized, but it seems to be in comparison to the 1939 photo of four boys bobbing for apples in West Virginia. I have no idea what type of film was used for either picture.
NOTE: I’m looking forward to more of Found. I just started following their blog.