James Russell

St Monance, Fife (About 1910)

About this artwork

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.

James Russell

James Russell

James Russell was an amateur photographer and member of the Edinburgh Photographic Society. Little is known about him beside the fact that his autochrome transparencies won numerous awards in the years leading up to the First World War.