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Author Topic: "civil war helicopter" or the art photography of Phil Nesmith  (Read 1564 times)
phrawgg
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« on: March 06, 2011, 07:08:55 am »

Phil Nesmith is a guy who photographs modern stuff but using the same technology that the first photojournalists used in the American Civil War.  NPR ran a story about it recently:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/pictureshow/2011/03/05/134227987/civil-war-era-helicopters-and-other-timeless-images-of-war?sc=fb&cc=fp

Apparently, according to the artist's fb page, NPR got some facts wrong about him but what is worthy of note is the use of civil war era photographic techniques to capture important events from modern times, such as daily life in Iraq, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and other things.  What makes it relevant to us is the aesthetic statement made by capturing a modern event or scene or artifact using a technique that makes the image look very very old. 

Ok, the helicopter was originally a digital image, the artist admits, but its still notable:


The artist's blog:
http://philnesmith.wordpress.com/

The artist's main website:
http://www.philnesmith.com/

It strikes me that often when we steampunks photograph ourselves or create scenes in other media, we don't often take into account a way to convey the "age" of what we are depicting. Some folks do but most of us don't.  I for one am not even there yet because I'm still designing my first props (yay ray guns!).   But it's definitely something serious to consider.  What do you think about any of the above?
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