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Jack and Andrew

Jack and Andrew Dangle, in Federal Civil War and WWII paratrooper impressions respectively, participated in the opening of the American History Museum, which is part of the Smithsonian, on the National Mall in Washington. Representatives from other eras, such as frontiersmen, colonial era, the Revolutionary War and WWI attended, as did representatives from other states of being (Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz among them).

Museum openings and memorial services are all very nice, of course, but it's the field reenactment where the authentic "rubber meets the road," like in 2008, At High Tide:


A few years ago, Jack met Collodian artist Todd Harrington, who specializes in wet-plate photography, which uses authentic period materials and processes to make photographs that are indistinguishable from original Civil War images. He's used Jack as a model before, for pictures like these:

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and this one, featuring Jack and Matt Piston, another CVG bugling veteran:


One of the features of wet-plate photography that is a little disorienting to modern sensibilities is the way that the camera processes blue-eyed subjects like Jack. The effect is called "wolf eyes," because the cameras didn't process the blue eye pigment the way it does other eye colors. In addition to his Civil War era style photos, Todd does hauntingly beautiful nature photography and art prints. And if I ever sell a book, I'm going to ask him to do my author's photo.

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