Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Mind~Boggling in a BIG Way...

Allow me to introduce you to
"The Living Photographs"

This group of Vintage photos are
considered "Conceptual Photography"

The photo, above and below, is
"The Human Statue of Liberty"
It was taken in 1918 and used
18,000 Officers and Men
of Camp Dodge, Iowa

Mind~Boggling, isn't it?!

“The so-called living photographs and living insignia of Arthur Mole and John Thomas are photo-literal attempts to recover the old image of national identity at the very moment when the United States entered the Great War in 1917. Mole's and Thomas’s photos assert, bolster, and recover the image of American national identity via photographic imaging."

The photo, above and below, is
"The Human American Eagle"
It was taken in 1918 and used
12,500 Officers, Nurses and Men
of Camp Gordon, Atlanta, Georgia

"The monumentality of this project somewhat overshadows the philanthropic magnanimity of the artists themselves. Instead of prospering from the sale of the images produced, the artists donated the entire income derived to the families of the returning soldiers and to this country’s efforts to re-build their lives as a part of the re-entry process."

I just think this is the
most amazing thing!

Wouldn't it be awesome
if someone did this today?

The photo above is
"The Living Uncle Sam"
It was taken in 1919 and used
19,000 Officers and Men
of Camp Lee, Virginia

This series of group photographs taken by Mole and Thomas during and immediately after World War I were shot at U.S. military training camps. Each took up to a week to compose and shoot using an 11" x 14" view camera perched atop an 80-foot tower.

The photo above is
"The Human Liberty Bell"
It was taken in 1918 and used
25,000 Officers and Men
of Camp Dix, New Jersey

Since we are turning the pages of the History Book of our Country today, I thought these Vintage photos would be appropriate... Please make sure to click and enlarge these extremely creative images... There are many, many more that were done in this series. To view the entire gallery and read about this historical project, please visit here...

God bless...

Until another time... Pearl


Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh my gosh, these are awesome! Can you imagine coordinating those?? WOW!!

Thank you so much for the birthday wishes! You are always such a sweetie!!

Big Hugs,

luvmy4sons said...

WOW! That was awesome! You always have the most intersting things for me to see and read!

Tammy said...

Amazing aren't they!♥

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Pearl, email me, I have a surprise for you! You're right, these are amazing. Twyla


Hello My Little Pearl:)

Those are awesome photos...can't say I ever seen any like that. You find the coolest things to blog about..
Take care..
Luv Ya,

The W.O.W. factor said...

Pearl, I saw these a year or so ago...and yes, it would be wonderful to these human statues done today!
Thanks for refreshing my memory.

(ps...I'd forgotten about Christopher ROBIN...he's been a fav of mine too!)

Sharon said...

Trully amazing! Thanks for showing them! I really enjoyed the pictures of the vintage rose seed packets, they are gorgeous!