Thursday, May 3, 2012
Photos Of The Titanic, From The Titanic
I've had a busy month, so please forgive me for failing to mention the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. I'd made note of it, of course, because I had stumbled across this fabulous collection of photographs of the doomed ship and wanted to be sure to point them out to you. (While I'm at it, Mike Johnston of the Online Photographer blog linked to a tremendous account of the sinking of the Titanic, written by someone who had been on the boat. It was phenomenal, and explained the experience of the sinking of the ship to me in a way no big budget movie or even photographic account ever quite has. It's worth a look; head over to Mike's site to search it out.) Time Magazine's Lightbox blog features photographs by amateur photographer Father Francis Browne, who sailed on the Titanic's maiden voyage from the Southampton to its first stop in Ireland. There he was called back to his station, so Browne disembarked, which ultimately saved his life. He thankfully brought with him a collection of photographs he'd made on board the ship in its first days at sea, and they remain the only images from the Titanic itself that have survived. Today they offer a tremendous glimpse into this mysterious bit of history, and a fitting way to commemorate the centennial of the great American tragedy.