St Monance, Fife
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St Monance, Fife about 1910
  • Scottish Art
This atmospheric photograph of the harbour at St Monance captures the heat and stillness of a summer day. The desolate look of the rocks at low tide in the foreground forms a strange contrast to the forest of masts caught in a web of light in the background. The photograph is a colour transparency on glass, taken in the autochrome process, one of the first efficient colour processes of photography, invented by the Lumière brothers and announced in 1904.

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Autochrome

One of the first effective colour processes. This employs minute grains of potato starch, dyed in the three colours orange, green and violet, mixed and spread on a glass plate, where they filter the colours of light during exposure to give the natural result.

Transparency

The quality of being see-through; the term is used for photographic slides that are viewed by shining light from behind or by projection.

Autochrome, Transparency

Details

  • Acc. No. PGP EPS 123
  • Medium Autochrome
  • Size 4.60 x 10.00 cm
  • Credit Edinburgh Photographic Society Collection, gifted 1987