Cooler than crop circles
Arthur Mole and John Thomas are a photographing duo from the early 20th century. Not only that but they organized soldiers en masse to create different formations to be photographed from above. How many soldiers, you ask? Only, like, 25 000.
I love old things. My favourite channel is the History Channel. I know I’m a dork but…isn’t the present so boring? While Mole and Thomas were not the only ones partaking in this striking art– they were among a few people who partook in photographing this “living insignia,” as they’re called– they were certainly one of the first who went on to inspire others during a time of war. It turns out that this type of mass photography was finally re-attempted for the first time in 84 years by a division of the US army in Korea. Click here for more photos and a description. Most of the photos were taken during WW1 and a lot of the formations were of the various emblems and insignia of particular army divisions. I can’t even begin to imagine how something this vast would have been organized, but all I can say is that it has quite the effect. Especially when you realize that most of the people in these formations probably didn’t live to see the end of the war.