LOOK at the a-mazing large-scale “living photographs” of Arthur Mole and John Thomas!!

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LOOK closely at the following photos… those aren’t flowers, they’re PEOPLE!! They’re the World-War-I-era work of Arthur Mole and John Thomas. Each of their patriotic-themed “living photographs” took THOUSANDS of soldiers, reservists, and nurses to create… and had to be taken from atop an 80-foot-high tower!! AND… they’re made from an anamorphic perspective:

…the images would not make much sense from overhead or on the ground, but only become intelligible at one particular vantage point — where Mole would be positioned atop his tower with his 11 x 14-inch view camera. This would make for some wonderful skewing of numbers, and itself, acts as a great example of perspective at work. The Statue of Liberty image, for example, required a total of 18,000 men: just 17 at the base but, more than half a mile away, 12,000 in the torch. Sadly it seems no one thought to fly a photographer overhead and capture what would have been a wonderfully skewed vision of Liberty, with enormous bulging torch and minuscule feet.

30,000!!!


25,000!!!

18,000!!!

19,000!!!


One Response to “LOOK at the a-mazing large-scale “living photographs” of Arthur Mole and John Thomas!!”

  1. Helen Gircko

    One of the few forms of art that deserves the name of human art. Literally… It’s inspiring. Thank you for sharing, Pee-wee!

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