Thursday, March 03, 2005

These French color photographs from World War I are weirdly nostalgic. Maybe it's the rural-forested-crumbled ruin aspect of it all, but I keep getting these feelings of deja vu from them. My mind isn't trained to expect pictures of World War I wreckage and ruin to be in *color* - and so very clear color at that! - so it keeps slotting in other experiences to fill in the emotional gaps. The ruins look like abandoned industrial ruins I've seen all over Pennsylvania - quarries, abandoned factories, etc. The gatherings of soldiers under tents and lush pine-forest canopies bring back memories of Boy Scout camp-outs. It all looks so - immediate. And strangely peaceful.

Via Bill at INDC Journal.

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