“Dairy of a World War 1 Ace” (TBMP Returns!)

This blog has been in serious hibernation for three or four months, but real life has settled a bit and I now have time to get back to my long term project.  The Blue Max Project (TBMP) goal is to develop a companion exhibit to accompany Jack Hunter’s novel “The Blue Max”.  It will be told from the perspective of the Unteroffizier Gerhardt Rupp, the informant and smuggler of contraband at the Aerodrome Bruno Stachel was stationed at.   The format will be in the form of a journal and a sketchbook.  It will be images of pages of that journal with artifacts like maps and reports, and photographs folded inbetween the pages.  Once enough content is complete I intend to issue pages serially on this blog as the story develops.

In some ways I have been stumbling in the dark on my own vision of what this journal might look like and how rich in detail it might be.  In September I grabbed my mail and was walking up back to my house, paging thru the new issue of Air and Space and literally stopped in my tracks when I ran into this article by Rebecca Maksel called “Diary of a World War I Ace”.  This article included multiple images from the diary of Zenos Ramsey Miller, a World War I ace that served in the 27th Aero Squadron in France in 1918.  Here is a link to the article ( all images below are from Air & Space Smithsonian September 2014 )

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http://www.airspacemag.com/multimedia/diary-world-war-i-ace-180952405/

The images themselves just raised the bar of what TBMP is trying to achieve.  It reinforces so many things that were floating around in my head.  The idea that photos, reciepts, menu’s would be included in a journal as artifacts.

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The idea that sketches would be simple or sophisticated, silly doodles or serious field sketches and that these sketches could be paired with photographs and maps the reinforce “The Blue Max” story line creating a new level of immersion in the World War I era and Jack Hunter’s wonderful book.

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Wow!  Clearly I have my work cut out for myself.  Expect more regular posts in the future. Behind the scenes I will be writing and sketching, but my posts will focus more on technique, “Selecting a Fountain Pen”, “How to make journal entries look old in Photo Shop”, “How to build a home-made copy stand” and whatever other hurdles show up along the way.  I’m sure I will throw in some teasers and samples of the work itself as it develops.

That’s all for now, nice to be back.

(PS  I added the images of the diary to the drop down menu under sources, too good to not refer back to from time to time)