Two girls on a path carrying flowers, 1908.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
An autochrome of her daughters admiring their freshly picked flowers, taken by Etheldreda Janet Laing. The colourful flowers in the garden and on the arched trellis are highlighted in the bright sunshine. In the summer of 1908 Laing took a series of autochrome portraits of her children at the family home, Bury Knowle. As a young woman Laing studied art in Cambridge and became an enthusiastic amateur photographer. The autochrome process was the first really practicable and commercially successful process for colour photography. Patented in 1904, it was invented by French film pioneer brothers Louis and Auguste Lumiere. Autochromes are transparent images on glass, similar to lantern slides.