Three weeks into the Armistice, the dazzle painting still at its work of making illusion;
the hats waved as they had been in the days of plume;
perhaps a shouted word in a now dead language, such as “Hurrah!”;
on the evidence of this illusive little history, a belief that war can be over.
It’s one of Nik’s filters for Photoshop, and I’ve recently been using it to redo the images in some of my old blogposts. When the posts deal with history and its ironies, that little technical change turns out to deepen the illusion of meaning in the image. So here’s a magic kit from six years ago, now used a little better after some adult help.
“Vienna — hungry child.” George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2014713460/. Restored in Photoshop. The photograph is undated in the Library’s record, but it was taken in the aftermath of World War I. The hunger, of course, continues. We are not to be sated.