08/06/2010

WHEN THE PAST IS AS REAL AS THE PRESENT...

When the VV saw this picture, she simply had to post it here. The image was captured by J. J Clarke, an Irish medical student who had a passion for photography and excelled at taking snapshots full of life and movement.

This one shows a girl in a seaside town, riding along on a tricycle. It dates from 1900, and yet it could be any child, any time - with her hands gripping tight to the handlebars and her tongue pressed firmly against one cheek, and such a determined expression that speaks of the thrill; of danger and speed. It really is something quite special.


The VV would like to thank The Retronaut for drawing her attention to Mr Clarke's work, and many more of his striking images can be found on Chris Wild's wonderful website: http://www.howtobearetronaut.com/ 
Here the viewer is given a passport and then transported back through time by the means of amazing vintage film and stunning photography. And, what's more, Chris will be one of the speakers for TED Global 2010, July 13th 4.45 - 6.30pm. Details can be found on: http://conferences.ted.com/TEDGlobal2010/program/speakers.php

4 comments:

  1. What a treat to be talked about by the Virtual Victorian...

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  2. Words fail me. You're absolutely correct, VV, she could be any girl in any time. Looking at her reminds me of my god-sister, who is learning to ride a bicycle ... that look of concentration transcends time.

    Thank you for posting, and for telling us about The Retronaut. I do believe I'm going to loose many hours on that site ...

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  3. Cool picture! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Wonderful, timeless picture. And I still wonder at that portrait of the young man you posted a while back. Please keep them coming.

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