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Vintage Toy Photography Explores Memory with Melting Ice

By: Gil Haddi - Published: Mar 31, 2013 • References: behance.net and faithistorment
Photographer Julian Hibbard creates blank landscapes out of ice in which he embeds a vintage toy to explore the paradox of memory as the ice slowly melts.

Ships, trains, warplanes, cannons and tanks stick jauntily out of the frozen landscape, playing with perspective as they appear almost life-sized in the photographs. A single spotlight shines a gloomy light on the vehicles of yore, invoking memories of wars long past and retro designs. As the ice slowly melts, so does the landscape of memory, shifting and changing over time, disappearing and at the same time revealing more of the half-concealed objects.

Trying to capture the feelings of collective memories, Julian Hibbard photographs each vintage toy vehicle as its own work of art, a nostalgic symbol of history.