Mervyn Joseph Pius O’Gorman (1871-1958) took these pictures of his daughter Christina at Lulworth Cove, in the English county of Dorset in 1913. It’s almost impossible to believe they were taken more than 100 years ago as the photographs still look amazingly modern.
These portraits of a young girl is the most beautiful example of autochrome photography I have ever seen. Melancholic and dreamy landscapes of the English coastline. Blurred background. Muted tones. And the only color accent – bright red costumes of Christina which were probably a random choice, but a lucky one. Autochrome was one of the first color photo technologies. And it captured red particularly well.