It is so easy to see why Russians loved their country and its natural beauty. The colors in the clothing is so impressive. The past in black and white always looks so depressing but looking at all of this beauty (which of course was always there, we just couldn't see it before) allows us to know that though the may have had little compared to those of the aristocracy, these people had so very much to love and live for.
I have one of the books and I always feel as if the photos in it must have been taken yesterday not over 100 years ago.
Prokudin-Gorskii was brilliant!