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It’s really easy to get lost in the abyss that is Reddit. They’ve created a virtual sandbox for all of the world’s nerds to congregate in niché-y bliss. I’m one of those nerds. I’m addicted to the great equalizer: slash-R-slash. It doesn’t matter if your hobby is Nascar or slot cars, there is a place for you somewhere in the cracks and crevices of Reddit.
“/SUB/JECTS” is my way to share with you some of these pockets of the Internet that hold something truly precious: a group of authentic human beings acting on their passion. Let’s start with “Colorized History.”
Colorized History was formed 11 months ago by Reddit user “Zuzahin.” The purpose of the endeavor is to breathe life back into photos both long forgotten and eternally recognizable.
The subreddit is piloted by an approved list of contributors that are also available for private commissions. So, if you’re interested in enlisting the service of one of these artists, you can learn more here.
“A sailor reads with his child as he waits for a holiday train at Waterloo station in London in 1927.” Colorized by crumbleater.
Abandoned boy holding a stuffed toy animal. London 1945. Colorized by HansLucifer.
Auto Wreck in Washington D.C, 1921. Colorized by mygrapefruit.
Easter Eggs for Hitler, 1944-45. Colorized by Zuzahin.
Elizabeth Taylor – Giant. Colorized by malakon.
Hindenburg Disaster, 1937. Colorized by klassixx.
Unemployed lumber worker, ca. 1939. Colorized by Zuzahin.
The featured image on this blogpost is “Soldiers of the Royal Norfolk Regiment at Aldershot, Hampshire getting used to revolver shooting while wearing a gas mask. UK, 28 March 1936,” colorized by crumbleater.
Our nature is to create. We’re built for it. Every organic creation is a function of another, and we are no different. The unfortunate truth is that we are also evolved to kill and destroy. Graffiti and street artists around the world attempt to bring life back to the vast shades of grey that keep us tightly packed in the little molds that were made for us.
While we break away, and history forgets us, our creations stay behind to accept the fate of near-immortality, bruised and beaten to vapor generation after generation. Death is around us, but we forget to appreciate it. The Boneyard Project gathers many of these reanimating street artists with the purpose of bringing life back to the aircraft boneyards that help us appreciate our fate.
Death is not a tragedy, it is nature’s greatest art. It is our opportunity to structure (or deconstruct) our lives with the context of a timeline. Make your time count. It’s ticking away. Don’t waste it as a dead man.
Street artists (including Shepard Fairey, Aiko, Crash, How & Hosm, and many others) descended on the Pima Air & Space Museum to reanimate remnants of the past, and celebrate the beauty of our creation. Here’s the result:
Photo Credit: THE BONEYARD PROJECT