A little thought from the 19th century

The photography I’ve chosen has a strong, and for some, an unpleasant illustration. This photography is taken of a killed solider during the civil war. Due to the text and other information found on the picture I believe the image was taken in 1864 in the fight of Virginia and the Assault on Petersburg.

stereo-view-petersburg

The photographer must have seen a lot of rough and disturbing things when he followed the soldiers in war. With this picture I think he wanted to show the rest of population “back home” how it can be on the warfront. The photographer is following the soldiers with a lot of heavy equipment so that he can tell the story with pictures when he gets back home. I think this photographer is strong, fearless and a brave person because he has the courage to risk his own life to tell the story to people that don’t see the reality of the warfront.

The lack of quality in this picture is probably just for the viewers best. If there were colors and better quality then this picture would not likely be suitable for publishing in the paper or other medias. The photograph is taken from above and I think that makes the picture give a stronger impression on the viewer. It feels like we are watching soldier that has lost his life to the war us selves, and we mourn to the loss together. It has a good effect and makes the picture stronger. The picture itself interested me because of the questions that are following the image. How would it be to see the countrys own soldiers die on the warfront? How can this photographer manage to carry all the gear that is needed to take photographs in the 19th century? Why did this man die and what was his story? There are a lot of questions to ask when you see this picture and only your imagination can stop you. It is good to see that someone wanted to tell the story in pictures even if it demanded to be on the frontline of the war with the soldiers of the country with a extremely heavy camera gear.

Sources:
http://www.civilwar.org/photos/3d-photography-special/photography-and-the-civil-war.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Battle_of_Petersburg
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