May 31 2013
The fifth photograph in the series is entitled “Leia Leading the Rebels” and is based upon Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People, a painting that was created to commemorate the French Revolution. Delacroix has created a triangle composition bringing focus to Marianne; the woman who personifies Liberty.
Liberty leads the people of France over their fallen friends and family; similarly, Leia leads the Rebels after the Battle of Hoth. Both Liberty and Leia are atop of a mound of corpses, acting much like a pedestal from which our leading ladies stride. Liberty holds the tricolour flag of the French Revolution while Leia holds a flag that symbolizes the Rebellion. Notre Dame can be seen in the background of Delacroix’s masterpiece. Similarly, the Power Generators of Hoth can be seen in the background behind the smoke. The addition of the X-Wing was my way of adding Luke into the scene. During the Battle of Hoth, Han and Chewbacca take Leia and Threepio in the Millennium Falcon after a passageway collapses and she is unable to make her rendezvous. Luke than proceeds to Dagobah in his X-Wing. As this was the case, it made sense that Luke would not be in the photo. Based upon this logic, Artoo should have been replaced with Threepio. In an ideal World this would have been the case, however, Threepio was too tall and the composition did not look right. I replaced him with Artoo and the shot seemed to flow a little better. Threepio has not been forgotten, he has been placed behind Han and Chewbacca.
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