Time-waster of the day: April 7, 2011

Is that Seryozha over there? // theboston.com

Ever wasted an hour of your time thinking about what pre-Revolution Russia looked like? The answer’s probably no, but now you can waste an hour actually viewing color photos of Russia c. 1910.  Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (say that five times fast) conducted a photo survey of the countryside for Czar Nicholas II and used a system of colored filters and colored light to create almost-perfect color photographs. The Boston’s Big Picture was kind enough to post 34 of these photos, which, beyond being beautiful, also confirm Hollywood’s inaccuracy in depicting Russia and its neighboring countries as perpetually overcast and gray.

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