Gloria Historia! is a collection of historically documented images, digital kits, and photographs.
My father is a PhD. of American History from U.C.L.A., Calif., and I was raised to appreciate cultures and history; couple that with my love of art and imagery and you can see how Gloria Historia came into being. I think the name says it all.
Imagery is powerful. Just look how powerful a logo or symbol can be; like a peace symbol or a yin/yang. Images communicate; they tell us things and we respond with thoughts, emotions, and with ideas. The relationship between an image and the viewer is special and unique to every individual.
The goal of the Gloria Historia collection is to pay homage to those images and artistic processes that have gone before us and have made meaningful impacts on the world around us. We will also pay tribute to those images and processes that are quickly becoming extinct or are already lost in part. Many of the original copper and stone plates that were made to produce great works of art have been lost or destroyed, and all that remains are old collections of prints in books or sheets. Likewise, the negatives and plates made to produce many old photographs have been lost forever. I feel a strange calling to collect and share these amazing images from days gone by. They seem just as relevant today as they were then. They tell their own story, and show us cultures, objects, and lifestyles that broaden our own understanding of life. They also inspire us with new creative possibilities.
Some images, although not lost in part, are important because of their ground-breaking approach to imagery or because of their impact on the world. I have also included some of these.
I hope there are others out there that relish this historical imagery as much as I do and I hope many will join us on this journey into the world of lost and vintage imagery. – Julia.