'Glenroy' in Camouflage
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An Unofficial Visual History of Camouflage
MARPAT US Woodland camo pattern It’s uncanny, the similarities between birthing babies and books. No sooner do you pop out the first one, folks start eagerly chatting you up about #2. While the jury remains out on sibling-making for our son, I’m at least equipped with an answer for what I’ll tackle for book #2: a po...
Prepare to be dazzled! A history of nautical camouflage - in pictures
Dazzle painting was created during the first world war to protect British naval vessels from German attack. The jagged, almost psychedelic designs influenced artists including Peter Blake, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Tobias Rehberger
Modernist Camouflage, Reconstructed
The general goal of camouflage is to be invisible. Back during World War I, however, hundreds of Allied ships went to battle painted in bright geometric designs that were anything but subtle.
In World War One, ships were frequently dazzle-painted-- painted all over with crazy lines and stripes, which served to confuse their locations and outlines to enemy submarines and ships in the days before radar. These were not only black and white, as they appear in these photos-- shades of blue and acquamarine alternated with grey and black (as in this terrific painting by Group of Seven painter Arthur Lismer). Even at the time observers noted how harbours ended up looking like a floating…