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A 90 Year Old Example of Forced Perspective Photography

A few months back we published a collection of Forced Perspective images which was very popular with readers.

Forced perspective is defined as ‘a technique that employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is.’ (Wikipedia)

This is far from a recently popular thing for photographers to do. Here’s a great example from 1918 which was submitted by one of our readers – Graham Parkhurst – that illustrates it from 90+ years ago.

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The picture is of 18,000 men preparing for war in a training camp at Camp Dodge, in Iowa.

A few facts about the image:

  • Length from base to Shoulder: 150 feet
  • Right Arm: 340 feet
  • Length of Torch and flame: 1000 feet
  • Total Length: 1490 Feet
  • Number of men in body and head of figure: 2,000
  • Number of men in right arm: 1,200
  • Number of men in torch: 2,800
  • Number of men in the flame only: 12,000
  • Total men: 18,000

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Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse

is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals.

He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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