Portable Charles Darwin

Posing with life-size cutout of Charles Darwin, author of On the Origin of Species (and much more). The Darwin image was painted for me by the talented Carl Buell (Like him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carl-Buell-Illustration/195301733824857). The idea was to have a Darwin that people could pose with, to jazz up a Feb 12th birthday party for the guy. Then people would use the photographs as their Facebook profiles and help spread evolution acceptance via social media peer pressure. The grand scheme is to encourage OTHER people to make their own stand-up Darwins for their OWN parties on February 12th, which would spawn more photographs and hopefully seed more Darwin envy. If YOU would like to make a Darwin for your party, or to have in your classroom or laboratory, send me an email and I'll hook you up. The fine print: you need to credit and thank Carl Buell...and you have to post some high-quality images of people posing with Darwin. Details on my blog at http://colinpurrington.com/graphics/science/portabledarwin.When I was organizing a 200th birthday party for Charles Darwin, I desperately wanted a life-size cut out that people could pose with. If done right, even non-scientists would want their photograph taken (right?) … and then they’d share their photographs on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and in the process spread acceptance of evolution. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a life-size Darwin anywhere on the planet. I was despondent.

Luckily, I managed to convince Carl Buell to paint him. Carl, being a great guy in addition to a great illustrator, lets me share the digital file with individuals who will put a portable Charles Darwin to good use. It’s simple: you contact me and tell me you need it, then I send you the file which you can print and mount onto poster board. I’d estimate that there are now 50 life-sized Darwins on the planet. If set up in a nice area, a portable Charles provides an irresistible photo op. Great for museums, Darwin Day parties, biology buildings at colleges, etc.

Charles Darwin with a particle maskMy long-term, futile goal is to encourage the use of Charles Darwin as an icon for science, not just evolution and natural selection. Currently, when the media needs an image for science, it opts for Einstein. Darwin would be better because he did thousands of creative experiments and wrote about them for the general public. If you need a person to represent the scientific process and a creative mind, he’s the guy. And he had great facial hair.

Contact me if you’d like to synthesize him. All I ask is that you (1) post, online, at least one photograph that is in some way funny, dramatic, alluring, etc., (2) link to this page so that others can get their own Darwin, and (3) credit Carl Buell as the artist.

Colin Purrington Photography: portable charles darwin &emdash; Charles Darwin posing for Christmas photograph, circa 1878. Stand-up Darwin painted by Carl Buell. Santa hat is mine, all mine. If you'd like your own portable Darwin to dress up, contact me.If you want to tag your photographs on Twitter or Instagram, please use #darwinposse. If you want me to see it, CC me on Twitter at @colinpurrington or on Instagram at @colin_purrington.

ⓒ Colin Purrington 2004-2017

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