Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Mrs Richard Hart-Davis as Ariel
Baroness Gagern as Europa
Lady Bridgett Poulett as Arethusa
Lady Anne Rhys as the goddess Flora
Mrs Anthony Eden as Clio, the Muse of History
Nadine, Countess of Shrewsbury as Ariadne
The Honorable Mrs Bryan Guinness as Venus
Mrs Edward Mayer as Medusa
Today I'm admiring this extraordinary 1935 series by English photographer Yevonde Cumbers Middleton (1893 - 1975). Known as Madame Yevonde, she was a pioneer of the use of colour in portrait photography. These particular portraits were inspired by a party held that same year, and feature society women dressed as mythological beings. See more portraits from the series here on Retronaut.
Normally I read the always lovely Pure Green magazine online, but I was so curious to see their new print version that I succumbed — and it's every bit as wonderful as I thought it would be. Printed on 100% post consumer recycled stock with vegetable based ink, it's as lovely to hold as it is to read. Subscriptions are available here for either single copies or for an entire year (4 issues in total). Highly recommended!