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Twitter Chat With Retronaut’s Chris Wild


Photograph by James P. Blair/National Geographic Creative.
Photograph by James P. Blair/National Geographic Creative.


Have you ever seen a photo that doesn’t seem to belong to the time it was created? Chris Wild’s website, “Retronaut: The Photographic Time Machine,” hosts tens of thousands of photos from across the past.

Wild is releasing a new book—Retronaut: The Photographic Time Machinefor which he selected over 300 of the best photos from his popular website’s most visited themes and events. And now you can ask him questions about the digital collection.

Want to know what makes a photo worthy of Retronaut? Or how Wild got his start? Join us for a Twitter chat with Wild on Friday, September 12 at 12:30 p.m. ET. Tweet your questions with the hashtag #NatGeoLive and make sure to follow @theretronaut and @NatGeoLive to join the conversation.

For more updates on National Geographic titles, follow @NatGeoBooks on Twitter.


  1. knut
    September 9, 2014, 5:08 pm

    Guy fainted because he put to much pressure on his heels instead of the front of his feet. That or the fact it gets a billion degrees inside that insane hat.

  2. robbie
    September 9, 2014, 8:55 am

    Guy probably fainted from not eating enough nourishment. Seriously. I recall when I was in ROTC some guys would faint from standing at attention too long without proper nourishment.

  3. robbie
    September 9, 2014, 8:53 am

    The guy probably fainted from perhaps not eating breakfast. Seriously. I recall when I was in ROTC some guys would faint from standing at attention without proper nourishment.

  4. Radhe
    September 9, 2014, 8:42 am

    One royal guard faint and other saluting the superior..is saluting more important then a life?

  5. reynold
    September 9, 2014, 6:57 am

    i see this picture from the album of sex pistol

  6. Bane
    September 9, 2014, 5:55 am

    Another one bites the dust 🙂

  7. Justin Mulder
    September 8, 2014, 11:56 pm

    Soldiers occasionally faint on parade, especially when standing motionless for long periods of time. They are taught to keep thier muscles moving by wriggling thier toes.

  8. alex
    Venice Ca
    September 8, 2014, 10:44 pm

    he just got back from the PUB!

  9. Ian
    September 8, 2014, 6:09 pm

    The word die should not be in my last comment? Don’t know how that got their!?

  10. Ian
    September 8, 2014, 6:07 pm

    He’s a guardsman in the Irish guards. This can be distinguished by the buttons in rows of four on their tunic symbolising the fourth regiment created. He is face down because it’s seen to be more macho to fall on your face, as to why he is on his face is because if you are stood to attention for long periods of time you will pass out die to the stress heat and just generally the pressure of standing absolutely still for hours. “Who shall separate us” is their motto.

  11. emerson
    September 8, 2014, 3:16 pm

    Kissing the mother land…A patriotic act !!!

  12. rottenr62
    United States
    September 8, 2014, 2:29 pm

    Man down…..
    Carry on…it’s the British way!

  13. Caps
    September 8, 2014, 11:50 am

    It happens some time…

  14. Mr Sateesh Babu
    September 8, 2014, 8:25 am

    Nat Geo is a treasure of excellent pictures of cultures.Feel proud
    to share

  15. kapila Gunarathna
    Gall -Sri laaka
    September 8, 2014, 4:12 am

    Well Done ….!

  16. daryl
    September 7, 2014, 10:16 pm

    Hi… I am just reaaally reeeeally curious as to why one of the royal guards is on the ground.

  17. margreet van der elst
    September 7, 2014, 8:38 pm

    Nice to see!!! I ll love to come sometime there xxx

  18. Kerry
    September 6, 2014, 12:06 am

    Sooo…why is one on the ground??? Where is the story behind this photo?