Gas! Quick, boys!

By mrswoolybill
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,

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Specialist and abstract

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widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
6 Jul 2013 8:16AM
Wait till Darryl sees this Aunty Mo GrinGrinGrin somewhat disturbing image , can't comprehend the reality .


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Philip_H 6 1 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2013 8:29AM
A poignant image, Moira.

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
6 Jul 2013 8:30AM
At first glance I thought it was a bloodhound Grin Carol
dudler Plus
14 706 1354 England
6 Jul 2013 8:43AM
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.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2013 8:47AM
A somewhat eerie and sinister looking image, which drags up ideas and notions from George Orwells famous film and book.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2013 8:56AM

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.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
6 Jul 2013 9:06AM
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.

franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2013 9:24AM
It resembles a big eyed dog Moira! Smile

6 Jul 2013 9:51AM
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...)
SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2013 9:56AM
A very powerful image Moira.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2013 10:19AM
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.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
6 Jul 2013 11:01AM
This really describes the horror of gas masks. It makes me claustrophobic just looking at it. Top shot.
6 Jul 2013 11:32AM
RAW, jpeg, whatever, it's a hell of an image. UA mandatory in a case like this.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2013 11:48AM
Thanks so much Alan Whatriver. Yes, I am quietly quite pleased with this.
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
6 Jul 2013 12:22PM

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.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
6 Jul 2013 12:54PM
Faceless horror. Very sombre and very suitable quote.

Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
6 Jul 2013 1:43PM
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
ChrisOs Plus
13 2 1 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2013 1:55PM
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.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2013 2:06PM
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...
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2013 2:54PM
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.

saltireblue Plus
8 8.1k 33 Norway
6 Jul 2013 3:26PM
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.
6 Jul 2013 7:09PM
An image and write up that really makes us think. Great stuff Moira, well done.

John Smile
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2013 9:03PM
Thought provoking Moira and thats what some great images like this do . My Dads 90 and rarely talks about the war.
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
11 Jul 2013 3:51PM
mistery...a great find

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