To this day, many photography enthusiasts find ready subjects in their own families. They're tolerant subjects, close at hand, and, of course, to each of us, highly worthy of recording!
This picture comes from a set of early autochromes taken in 1913 by Mervyn O'Gorman, "O.G." to his friends, who, says Amanda Uren at Mashable, was "superintendent of the Royal Balloon Factory, later the Royal Aircraft Factory. He was an enthusiastic early motorist, and published O'Gorman's Motoring Pocket Book in 1904."
The girl in red is his daughter, Christina. (Autochrome, just like early digital, was good at recording reds.)
Recent research suggests there is a hard "ceiling" to human lifespan at age 114, so Christina is all but certainly gone now. But according to the article, history gives us no details of her life. All we can see now is a young girl in red, her life ahead of her, posing patiently for her father.
(Thanks to Nigel Levy)
UPDATE: The Daily Mail has solved the mystery of the Girl in Red. First, the autochromes are owned by the Royal Photographic Society and are currently on display at the National Media Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK.
The young lady is not the photographer's daughter after all. Her name was Christina Elizabeth Frances Bevan, and she was the daughter of a King's College philosopher, Edwyn Robert Bevan. The Bevans were family friends of photographer O'Gorman's. She would have been 16 when the pictures were taken at Lulworth Cove in Dorset, and she died in 1981 at age 84, with no known husband or children.
Apparently the search for her identity engaged the attention of a number of amateur sleuths in the UK...which you can probably understand if you've ever watched PBS!
Here's the article if you're curious for more. Thanks to Richard Parkin for sending the link.
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