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I have a bit of time to kill, so I figured I'd share a few images I've been collecting for a while.
The gas mask is a fascinating garment to me on account of how well it conveys panic, menace and an aura of death. It has the tendency to dehumanize the wearer and its similarity to the skull is apropos and well deserved.
In traditional cultures, the role of the mask is one that subsumes its wearer. Masks are often thought of as alive, or as vessels for powerful spiritual entities. In this sense, I see the gas mask as a post industrial echo of ancient times: the wearer becomes somehow 'other' than human. Even though its purpose is mere survival, it carries the weight of many implications.
I also think that seeing it in different contexts is an excellent example of nonverbal communication via clothing.