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Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,
And floundering like a man in fire or lime. . .
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
(from Dulce et decorum est, Wilfred Owen)

A World War 1 gas mask, photographed through glass, in very dim light, in the Regimental Museum at Carlisle Castle.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:16.0-85.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:25 Jun 2013 - 11:29 AM
Focal Length:19mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.7
Aperture:f/3.8
Shutter Speed:1/50sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:3200
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Gas! Quick, boys!
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:6 Jul 2013 - 8:12 AM
Tags:Black & white, Photo journalism, Specialist / abstract
Votes:50

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widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2013 - 8:16 AM

Wait till Darryl sees this Aunty Mo GrinGrinGrin somewhat disturbing image , can't comprehend the reality .

Rod

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2013 - 8:29 AM

A poignant image, Moira.

P.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8141 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2013 - 8:30 AM

At first glance I thought it was a bloodhound Grin Carol

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dudler
dudler Critique Team 11126 forum postsdudler vcard England368 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2013 - 8:43 AM

The poem makes sense of the picture, and explains it. Gas masks are not just accessories for fetish pictures.

Interpretation of history matters. It isn't just "dates and kings" - it's ideas, changes, and - so very often - the suffering of ordinary people in extraordinary times.

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43500 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom105 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2013 - 8:47 AM

A somewhat eerie and sinister looking image, which drags up ideas and notions from George Orwells famous film and book.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1078 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2013 - 8:56 AM


Quote: Gas masks are not just accessories for fetish pictures.

I hadn't even thought of that, I've led a very sheltered life... Extraordinary thought now, looking back.
Thanks folks. I struggled over the composition of this one, as the lens needed to be flat against the glass to avoid reflections. Plus after the first visit I realised that I had accidentally nudged the camera off raw and onto jpegs so I had to go back and retake it.
Moira

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2013 - 9:06 AM

The first thing that sprung to mind when I saw this was the hood sometimes worn by Joseph Merrick...a.k.a. the elephant man. I think they did a remake but I only saw the original. Poor man. Extraordinary medical case. I'm sure you know of it and the film.

This is very well shot, Moira. Not just through glass but the composition is perfect. VERY chilling poem.

Andrew

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franken
franken e2 Member 123197 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2013 - 9:24 AM

It resembles a big eyed dog Moira! Smile

Ken

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whatriveristhis
whatriveristhis e2 Member 167 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England78 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2013 - 9:51 AM

Scary Saturday indeed, Moira. I like this very much indeed.
Not sure what you've got against jpegs though. And yes, I've heard all the arguments. ( might be setting myself up for some grief here...)

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2013 - 9:56 AM

A very powerful image Moira.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1078 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2013 - 10:19 AM

Nothing wrong with jpegs - except when the light is as difficult as this. Raw allows a lot more scope for fine-tuning, and I wanted to keep my options open.
Cheers,
Moira

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64595 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2013 - 11:01 AM

This really describes the horror of gas masks. It makes me claustrophobic just looking at it. Top shot.
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whatriveristhis
whatriveristhis e2 Member 167 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England78 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2013 - 11:32 AM

RAW, jpeg, whatever, it's a hell of an image. UA mandatory in a case like this.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1078 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2013 - 11:48 AM

Thanks so much Alan Whatriver. Yes, I am quietly quite pleased with this.
Moira

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2013 - 12:22 PM


Quote: Interpretation of history matters. It isn't just "dates and kings" - it's ideas, changes, and - so very often - the suffering of ordinary people in extraordinary times.

A sad and true statement...the overlords start the wars and the price is paid by the rest of the common folk....history doesn't seem to change, just the accoutrements of war.

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41077 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2013 - 12:54 PM

Faceless horror. Very sombre and very suitable quote.

Dave

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2013 - 1:43 PM

The safecracker in action and disquise. It does remind me of a dog too though. Just the right amount of light for mystery and imagination........Sandy

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ChrisOs
ChrisOs e2 Member 9ChrisOs vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2013 - 1:55 PM

Horrific times. We had a teacher at school in the 1950s who was still suffering from the effects of being gassed in WWI, in fact he died about 1956 and the whole school (about 550 boys) went to his funeral. Three years later when I started work I worked with a chap who had been involved with laying gas (on our side) in that war. Talk about man's inhumanity to man.
A powerful image, it's just so easy to look at these things and not have a proper understanding of all the implications.
Chris

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1078 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2013 - 2:06 PM

Yes. In the 1950s my family included the survivors from the trenches, and from starvation under occupation in WW2 as well. It troubles me that our politicians have for the most part grown up without seeing the effects of war directly. They don't know...
Moira

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Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2013 - 2:54 PM

A poignant image Moira, same here in the trenches and navy, my uncle was a survivor of the Burma railway he never talked about it.


Cliff

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saltireblue Site Moderator 44080 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway26 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2013 - 3:26 PM

That mask has dead eyes, Moira


Let those that have no eyes, see.
Let those that have no tongue, speak.
Let those who have suffered, find peace.
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lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2013 - 7:09 PM

An image and write up that really makes us think. Great stuff Moira, well done.

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bobsblues  4 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2013 - 9:03 PM

Thought provoking Moira and thats what some great images like this do . My Dads 90 and rarely talks about the war.
Rob

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bliba  9 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2013 - 3:51 PM

mistery...a great find

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