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December 14, 2004

Combat Art

I like art with military subjects. And in this day of digital photography, I still like military art - for all those subjective reasons that make it still a very useful and important tool for interpreting what is going on around you. I'm glad the services still employ combat artists, not just photographers, and I appreciate the work done by non-military artists, as well. From the Bayeux Tapestry of the Middle Ages, to stuff by Tom Lea, working for Life Magazine during WWII, for example, or the current work done by Steve Mumford in Iraq, artists chronicle the events in ways that are uniquely human. Others agree. The Commissar featured this artist, and CDR Salamander actually pointed out the painting I'm going to show you (Thanks, sailor!). No, I thought my 'value-added' to the process would be to show you how an artist (in this case Mumford) applies his art to the medium.

Here's a picture of the interior of an M109A6 Paladin 155mm howitzer, with a crewman putting a round on the rammer tray and the section chief checking the fuze setting.

An M-109A6 howitzer from Alpha Battery, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, sends a round down range during combat operations in Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 6, 2004.

Here is Mumford's view of simliar activity... in this case the #1 cannoneer is getting a round out of the bustle rack.

Similar, yet not. Perspective is distorted, a sense of space where there really isn't any - but serves in so doing to emphasize the most important element - the soldiers. Of course, the officer in me notes that the second crewman is not wearing his helmet... and a howitzer turret has lots of places to knock yer noggin!

Just another view of my favorite office.

Thanks, Mr. Mumford.

John | Permalink | Comments (6)
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