I came across a group of photos that caught my eye on Luminous Lint, one of my favorite sites to visit and one that I have mentioned here a number of times in the past. They were by a photographer who I was not familiar with, not that is an unusual thing. The name was Alvin Langdon Coburn and the photos were scenes of London from the turn of the twentieth century. They were quite beautiful and evocative, gray and misty in an artistic way that captured all the preconceptions one might have about London of that time. The photo shown above, one of Hyde Park from 1905, was the first one I saw and it immediately struck a chord with me. I loved the composition with the way the trees jutted into the picture frame and how the ghostly carriage hovered in the background.
Coburn was an American from Boston who had a most impressive biography photographing the great men and places of his time over the course of his life which ended in 1966 at the age of 84. He eventually became a British citizen and lived the last 54 years of his life in Britain.