Over the course of digitising the Roslin Slide Collection, amongst all the slides of tables, charts and the like, it has been the images of people, and their animals, that have grabbed my attention most of all. I have noticed two particular styles of photographic composition that are common throughout; the group shot (still popular today of course!) and the ‘one man and his animal’ shot. These images provide a sort of typology where the composition often remains the same with the people and environment changing.
The small sample of images below gives an idea of the cross-continental range of the collection, although viewing the collection as a whole may be more informative due to the sheer volume of images offering a more solid grounding. As the slides move from place to place, from country to country, we can see how the details change, whether it be the breed of cow, colour of skin or clothing worn.
The extent of Roslin Slide Collection can be viewed here.
Project Photographer – ‘Science on a Plate’