And you stand there, and you stand there, and now you all look like a human head, and say cheese
July 11, 2007 12:53 PM   Subscribe

People pictures; Or, Photographs by Mole and Thomas, E.O. Goldbeck, and Others, Taken Between the years 1915 – 1920, and Consisting of Many People Lined Up and Posed in Such a Way that they Resemble Human Heads, the Statue of Liberty, Eagles, and Other Great Patriotic Symbols of This Nation.
posted by Astro Zombie (16 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Neat. Thanks Astro Zombie. Love those olde time photographs.

It's always impressed me at stadiums when there were groups of people holding different colored placards which made visual statements, that sports fans got the idea of working together to make an image they could not see but others could.

I've enjoyed the "people as pixels" idea over at Dark Roasted too. A recent viral video of a Samsung coordinated dance is amazing.

Also liked the more simple impeach for peace coordinated effort.
posted by nickyskye at 1:24 PM on July 11, 2007

Are these perspective corrected? They sure look like it.
posted by blue_beetle at 1:27 PM on July 11, 2007

I really like that last one. Twenty-two Victorian gentlemen staring at you, trying to tell you that that you've utterly failed in some aspect of your life.
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam at 1:28 PM on July 11, 2007

Cool.... I'm in the process of scanning some vintage negatives this afternoon so this fits right in with my day. Thanks!
posted by blaneyphoto at 1:31 PM on July 11, 2007

Oh, this is fantastic.
posted by jokeefe at 1:53 PM on July 11, 2007

My pomo sensibilities just exploded. With delight!
posted by jokeefe at 1:54 PM on July 11, 2007

So cool!
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 2:28 PM on July 11, 2007

Yes, fantastic.
posted by MarshallPoe at 2:30 PM on July 11, 2007

Cool! and they remind me of Tunick's naked pics. I wonder if these were an inspiration?
posted by amberglow at 2:58 PM on July 11, 2007

Very strange to look at. Nice find.
posted by nola at 4:11 PM on July 11, 2007

Great find, Astro, I'd never heard of this.

I'm imagining all those patriotic symbols (flag, Liberty Bell, etc) being given the Korean precision group-pixel-choreography treatment so that they morph into Communist icons like the hammer and sickle, portraits of Karl Marx, etc.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:21 PM on July 11, 2007

Love it - thanks!
posted by iconomy at 4:24 PM on July 11, 2007

The Official Seal of the 11th Division is made of people! PEOPLE!!!!
Very neat, thank you!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 4:51 PM on July 11, 2007

Weird and charming. Total Americana. Thanks.
posted by Miko at 6:29 PM on July 11, 2007

My Alma Mater, eighty years before I went there.
posted by octothorpe at 8:45 PM on July 11, 2007

I wonder if they served a complimentary cocktail at these little get togethers?
posted by Viomeda at 9:31 PM on July 11, 2007

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