Posted 02 November 2012 - 12:52 PM
I've seen this picture so many times now over the years, and it still facinates me for some unexplained reason. The whole image that this chaps helmet portrays is so sureal! Personaly, I tend to agree with 'Mike_H'. I do not think that its a part of the period original. Let me try and explain what I mean. Study the details of the items in the photograph, especially those that produce a shadow. Try and imagine the supposed item on the helmet, and visualise the shadow it would produce if it were to be in a certain angle.. say, either rolled up, or just being lifted by the wind! The item is supposed to be some form of helmet cover. The shadow to the right of the helmet addition actually curves away to the right of the helmet from approx the center. Yet the item on the helmet remains at the center. Also, the shadow does not follow what is actually being shown, and appears far to haevy. If you also look a little closer at the supposed cover, it is a series of heavy upward strokes, each stroke equal to the next... not natural, but consistant with a pencil. All this leads me to believe that this is indeed a touched up photograph. A bit of artistic license perhaps? But for what reason? That I'm sure will be debated till the cows come home!