Scenes from an Edwardian Garden

It never fails that I'm struck by Autochrome photographs. These images taken by Etheldreda Laing of her daughters Janet and Iris in their backyard garden and home are no exception. Laing began practicing photography in the late 1890's, and when the Autochrome process became available in 1907, she switched from the more common black and white practice of the the day to the paint-like color process. Next time I snag a few vintage kimonos for the shop, I know exactly what I'm going to do!

Janet Laing in Japanese costume circa 1914. IMAGE: NATIONAL MEDIA MUSEUM / SCIENCE & SOCIETY PICTURE LIBRARY GETTY IMAGES
Iris and Janet Laing circa 1914. IMAGE: NATIONAL MEDIA MUSEUM / SCIENCE & SOCIETY PICTURE LIBRARY GETTY IMAGES
Janet and Iris Laing in Japanese costumes circa 1914. IMAGE: NATIONAL MEDIA MUSEUM / SCIENCE & SOCIETY PICTURE LIBRARY GETTY IMAGES
Iris Laing circa 1910. IMAGE: NATIONAL MEDIA MUSEUM / SCIENCE & SOCIETY PICTURE LIBRARY GETTY IMAGES
Janet Laing circa 1914. IMAGE: NATIONAL MEDIA MUSEUM / SCIENCE AND SOCIETY PICTURE LIBRARY / GETTY IMAGES
Iris and Janet Laing circa 1910. IMAGE: NATIONAL MEDIA MUSEUM / SCIENCE & SOCIETY PICTURE LIBRARY GETTY IMAGES
Iris and Janet Laing circa 1914. IMAGE: NATIONAL MEDIA MUSEUM / SCIENCE & SOCIETY PICTURE LIBRARY GETTY IMAGES
Iris Laing circa 1910. IMAGE: NATIONAL MEDIA MUSEUM / SCIENCE & SOCIETY PICTURE LIBRARY GETTY IMAGES
Iris Laing circa 1910. IMAGE: NATIONAL MEDIA MUSEUM / SCIENCE & SOCIETY PICTURE LIBRARY GETTY IMAGES
Iris and Janet Laing circa 1910. IMAGE: NATIONAL MEDIA MUSEUM / SCIENCE & SOCIETY PICTURE LIBRARY GETTY IMAGES
Janet and Iris Laing circa 1910. IMAGE: NATIONAL MEDIA MUSEUM / SCIENCE & SOCIETY PICTURE LIBRARY GETTY IMAGES

Loving these Autochrome photos? Take a look at a few other posts we did on one of our favorite processing techniques as well as images from French photographer Gustave Gain.