hoi.polloi wrote:haha I love the hideous burnt out car in the foreground. That's brilliant - they always use a burning car to signify human chaos in propaganda stories. Spot on. I wouldn't change a thing!
I'm glad you like it. Do you also notice Armstrong (or was it Aldrin) is appearing a bit disappointed when he is assessing the situation in front of him? That was an unintentional side-effect of my photoshopping
To give you a credible backstory to the picture; Armstrong folded out the car you see from the LEM module and then he slammed it right into a crater, exploding through the other side of the crater.. and then Aldrin saw the car collapse upon itself, obviously due to fire, because the heat was just too intense. In the meanwhile the Libyan Naudet rebels witnessed the whole event go down from a superior viewpoint. Those burning towers in the background? Just a typical moon-mirage, nothing to worry about
You're right about the significance of burnt out cars in images; especially for Westerners this is a 'mental shocker' because a majority of the households own at least 1 car and for most it is their most valuable property. It is also an icon of the 20th century that liberated (in the right sense of the word) people to travel anywhere, fast and reliable. To see a burnt out car is identifying yourself with the perceived owner of it. A (country)flag alongside somewhere and you make the connection with the intended people automatically.
It's somewhat the same with burnt out residential buildings by the way.