Childhood Hero

Yuri Gagarin was a childhood hero of mine, the first human in space and a mysterious figure from behind the iron curtain.

In the 70s, without today’s instant fingertip access to all the world’s knowledge, it was impossible for an eight-year-old in Northern Ireland to discover anything more about Gagarin other than that he existed, that he orbited the earth in 1961 and that he had a few years of international celebrity.

I lost sight of my space addiction, and never since thought to learn more about it so I’m pleased, pleasantly surprised and saddened to read this article marking the 50th anniversary of the original human in space.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12460720

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World War One Color Photos

I had no idea colour photography was so old, and to find it used in wartime, right in the trenches, has amazed me.
I’ve seen many, many wartime photos but since every single one of them has been black and white, so these colour images seem retrospectively staged. The colours imply a modernity that jars with the historic nature of the content. Perhaps it’s more difficult to believe they’re real because they seem too real, as if the subjects are actors in period costume, glimpsed on-set in-between takes.
Funny thing, perception.

Here’s the link: www.worldwaronecolorphotos.com.

As a post script, here’s Colour Photography on Wikipedia. I shoulda guessed that this was a gaping hole in my knowledge…

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World War One Color Photos

I had no idea colour photography was so old, and to find it used in wartime, right in the trenches, has amazed me.
I’ve seen many, many wartime photos but since every single one of them has been black and white, so these colour images seem retrospectively staged. The colours imply a modernity that jars with the historic nature of the content. Perhaps it’s more difficult to believe they’re real because they seem too real, as if the subjects are actors in period costume, glimpsed on-set in-between takes.
Funny thing, perception.

Here’s the link: www.worldwaronecolorphotos.com.

As a post script, here’s Colour Photography on Wikipedia. I shoulda guessed that this was a gaping hole in my knowledge…

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