The Spin Cycle this week is collages (Then and Now). Now, I'm pretty lame when it comes to this sort of thing normally but this one, for me, should have been a phone-in spin. I've got access to oodles of cool historical images and coming up with current stuff is easy. Hello, Internet? I love you.
Anyway, we have this new collection of materials coming out next week that lends itself to this week's Spin. You all are getting a sneak peak at a fabulous collection of sketches from the First Afghan War (1839-1842). The sketches were done by James Atkinson. He was a surgeon, Oriental/Persian scholar and an artist.
J. Atkinson was like the embedded reporter for that war. The sketches are from all over the region and show everything from daily Afghan life to battle scenes.
Right off I noticed a marked similarity between these sketches and photographs of Afghanistan today.
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Men dressed in camouflage toting weapons.
That dress may look different and the weapons more sophisticated but the basic concepts are still the same.
Is it just me?