‘Hiroshima - Silent witness’
I have long hesitated to upload this picture.
Visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park meant that I was confronted with the darkest periods in human history of the past century. In a way it made me think back to my visit of the Memorial in Auschwitz years ago.
But with the commemorating of the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945) during these past days and remembering that the purpose of the Peace Memorial Park is not only to memorialize the victims, but also to establish the memory of nuclear horrors and to advocate world peace, I decided finally to upload this picture of the Atomic Bomb Dome (the former Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall).
See also two pictures in the workshop.
After visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum one thing is very clear:
No one or no country has the right to the possession of nuclear weapons. As long as atomic weapons exist somewhere, there’s a risk that they will also be used. Only complete nuclear abolition will make the world a safer place.
If you want to know more about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, go to:
and to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroshima_Peace_Memorial_Park :
In the years after the atomic bombing on Hiroshima cancer was the leading cause of death. The number of miscarriages in the area around Hiroshima showed a strong upward trend.
Because of the after-effects of ionizing radiation, the death toll eventually rose to about 140.000 at the end of 1945.
According to a study completed in 2004 by the city of Hiroshima, the bombing has cost 237.062 lives in total.
At the second atomic bomb attack in Nagasaki about 70.000 people have been killed (including those resulting of leukemia).
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daddo (23070) 2014-08-09 16:58
Very good photo Paul. I tried to take a memorable shot on my visit, but the sky was overcast and I did not have the advantage of your excellent POV which includes the reflection. well done.World peace? Bah, humbug as someone once said. Regards. Klaudio.
emka (74159) 2014-08-09 23:11
Hello Paul, I saw this iconic view of Hiroshima only from the bus. You are right that it is the darkest period in human history along with the Holocaust. How tragic that the greatest minds of 20th century worked hard to prepare this atrocity. Superb photo but the message is most important.
WArm regrads MAlgo
jemaflor (81674) 2014-08-09 23:49
Un impression de calme et d'atmosphère paisible pour ce lieu de mémoire qui évoque pourtant un si terrible souvenir. Bien cadré avec ce reflet sur l'eau.
dkmurphys (47230) 2014-08-10 2:36
A very sad picture indeed. I only hope that a similar disaster will never happens but seeing how idiotic world leaders act, I'm afraid....
Have a calm Sunday afternoon.
mesutilgim (80858) 2014-08-10 3:00
Very nic capture of this silent evidenceof WW II.
Good pov and layout and very nice reflections.
A perfect TE entry enriched with many interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice Sunday
danos (83809) 2014-08-10 3:04
a good reportage shot from Hiroshima,with this 'silent witness' to looks as a ghost from the past.Informative your note about the use of the nuclear weapons against people and buildings.Excellent your dedication to this day.
jhm (136072) 2014-08-10 3:29
Dit is wel een van de meest bekende plaatsen in de wereld, na de A-bom 6.8.1945, wanneer "Little Boy" dit allemaal aanrichte.
Maar het is een wonder dat na al oorlogsellende Japan er meer dan ooit bovenop gekomen is.
Maar het zijn letterlijk en figuurlijk vechters, altijd met doel verder te geraken.
Heel geode foto Paul, een foto met zoveel herinneringen, als ik 8 jaar was las ik een boek uit de bibliotheek over deze ellende, maar begreep er toen niets van.
U plaatst den foto ook op het geode moment.
Goed foto werk. Bedankt.
timecapturer (45957) 2014-08-10 3:42
a moving image of a sad time in our history as occupants of this planet. You would have thought the horror of this event would have stopped war, but it still rages in this troubled world of ours. It must be very humbling to stand in this place knowing what happened here. This image captures some of that feeling and its atmosphere so expressively.
Enjoy your Sunday - B.
siudzi (32719) 2014-08-10 4:16
I have no doubts that visiting this special place was something important for you. I fully agree with your submitted note below the image.
The view is very unique and was presented elegantly to get an eye catching result. Nice, pastel tones made the scene so beautiful. TFS!
Have a nice afternoon,
marabu61 (7599) 2014-08-10 6:39
Why hesitate to post this photo? First of all we should never forget the atrocities of war and what a catastrophe the atomic bomb is, secondly it is, in all its foulness, a great picture with a real message to it.
have a great weekend
williewhistler (12837) 2014-08-10 9:13
the stark remains and their reflections are a poignant reminder of the terrible price that was paid by the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,we must never forget their sacrifices.
Best regards Les.
cornejo (28794) 2014-08-10 11:10
Hi Paul, very nice picture of this unique symbol of peace, well captured in this interesting picture with good sharpness, depth, beautiful light, color and quality. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
photoray (10613) 2014-08-10 12:07
Sobering and important image of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. It should remain for all to understand especially for the consequences of bombing whether nuclear, phosphorous, or whatever type of chemicals.
Unfortunately the "military industrial complex" is very strong, especially here in America. Their constant propaganda of using bombs and weapons to protect catch words - freedom, democracy, security, capitalism, etc. is very disturbing to me. Their first cry whenever there is a disturbance or issue, is to use military actions to protect us or protect others. Yet I do not understand how bombing people to protect them works.
And we did not "learn our lesson" in Vietnam. We dropped more bombs on Vietnam than all of our bombs in WWII on Germany and Japan, and we lost the Vietnam War.
Then we invaded and bombed Iraq in order to help them become 'democratic', and look for Osama bin Laden.
As long as we buy into the very profitable Military Industrial Complex propaganda, we will continue to make serious destructive and death mistakes.
carlo62 (28745) 2014-08-10 14:57
sono pienamente d'accordo con ciò che hai scritto e ti ringrazio per avermi dato l'opportunità di ricordare queste cose, molto brutte, ma anche le cose brutte bisogna ricordare, per non commettere di nuovo certi errori. E' sempre molto facile parlare o scrivere, ma sono i fatti che contano e fino a che non ci saranno fatti, siamo tutti a rischio.
Ottimo lavoro, complimenti.
stego (23276) 2014-08-10 21:17
Good capture of that symbolic witness of one of the saddest event of the 20th century history. The reflection, with its completely different colours, make it more interesting. I notice a bit of noise on the water and the sky, but that isn't so important.
adramad (35841) 2014-08-11 8:03
A fantastic composition, with the ruins of this building, which has become famous as a symbol, one of the saddest and wild pages of modern history.
The POV is superb, with those reflections that faithfully reproduce the building.
Good variety of colors.
Very good sharpness and brightness.
Good start to the week.
COSTANTINO (52210) 2014-08-11 9:41
Hello my dear friend
the first line of your useful notes
explains eveything Hiroshima silent wintness
no more comments from me
have a nice time
ikeharel (53415) 2014-08-11 11:29
Good evening Paul,
The only left monumental building in Hiroshima, from 69 years ago, from a POV that is super-unique, but very well collected sight.
The red/orange color of the house, still a living memory to what had been there in the aftermath of the bomb.
A fine photo, impressing place.
nikkitta (13648) 2014-08-11 11:55
The capture, well taken with the front reflections in the pool, it was good to keep some example of what happens with wars, destroying not only buildings but killing thousands of people as is happening at this same moment
Wood work, regards
PiotrF (5200) 2014-08-11 14:51
This is iconic view of Hiroshima, important place in the world.
Very good and great job perfectly done.
Great to see you post!
SnapRJW (29570) 2014-08-12 5:23
An amazingly trio of shots Paul and I salute you for posting it. In this crazy world we need as many reminders as to the senseless futility of war we can get.... perhaps one day we may finally step away from such madness. I have not seen a shot of this memorial before but I like the fact that the one building is left to illustrate something of the devastation that befell the people of Hiroshima.
Cricri (102185) 2014-08-12 5:47
Une note super bien écrite et une image bien triste de ce lieu qui a couter la vie et le malheur de plusieurs personnes.....intéressantes images en WS
Bon POV avec un effet de miroir excellent
lousat (73149) 2014-08-12 13:32
Hi Paul,this is a symbol of one of the most bad moment of the history,i like your choice and your brave post,an excellent pic talking about the quality and interesting note too,even everybody knows what happens.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Graal (95758) 2014-08-12 23:44
interesting presentation of famous place in Hiroshima. Unusual monument, remind of 6.8.1945. Fine composition with reflections in water. I like it.
Have a nice day.
wolf38 (30714) 2014-08-13 7:18
Hi Paul. The impressive memorial of Hiroshima. A strong photo, in which the reflection plays a crucial role - sort of a doubling of the symbolism.
Best rgds, Wolfgang.
alvaraalto (5989) 2014-08-15 3:28
Ik begrijp je aarzeling. Toch horen dit soort foto’s erbij. Met de prachtige spiegeling in het water krijgt de foto een extra dimensie waardoor je je nog beter realiseert waarvan dit een stille getuige is.
npecanhuk (61842) 2014-08-15 20:14
Interesting, attractive and meaningful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, slim black borders, chosen pov and composition with symmetrical reflections are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,
berek (34607) 2014-08-15 23:02
beautiful and interesting architecture picture from Japan. reflections on the water is very clear.
have a nice weekend
ourania (27542) 2014-08-16 5:23
an image of devastation that is always haunting, aren't the scars of the war enough to make us appreciate life and peace? The modern buildings have a discreet presence in your composition, the paler reflection prolongs the images and thoughts evoked by your theme. The colour palette you achieved is extraordinary. You did a very thorough work with the notes, links and workshop pictures you've provided. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
Tue (26976) 2014-08-16 11:21
Een prachtige foto om de verschrikkelijke gebeurtenissen van 69 jaar geleden te gedenken en bovendien heb je een uitstekende note geschreven met een boodschap die ik van harte onderschrijf. Erg goede foto van dit beroemde monument, dat ook nog eens mooi reflecteert in het stille water.
holmertz (38025) 2014-08-16 12:43
I didn't see this photo so I thought that maybe you had left the site, like so many others. I wouldn't like to call this a "famous" building, but it is certainly very well known, and for a horrible reason. Isn't it strange that the big powers still think they need this weapon that will only lead to the ultimate destruction? For a brief period some 25 years ago we hoped that the world leaders would see reason, but now stupidity and arrogance is back at full swing. In any case you used this tragic monument for a rather beautiful composition. Certainly a picture to remember.
adores (34740) 2014-08-16 14:17
Hope you had a great trip to Japan. This must be an impressive place to visit, but something I'd surely want to do one day. It's a very good shot of an emblematic monument. I like the composition a lot, with the reflection on the water.
Fis2 (82696) 2014-08-17 2:53
Building make impression!
Excellent composition and colors.
I like reflection.
annjackman (18303) 2014-08-17 10:28
Thank you for your thoughtful note on this atrocity. Your picture captures the 'silent witness' very well. The reflections adds to the mood and contemplation.
Kind Regards, Ann
mursaloglu (8353) 2014-08-18 3:52
Me too myself I've been in this sad place and I had very sad emotions. Your picture gives a great impact of this great testimony and I like POV. bravo
Didi (55145) 2014-08-20 9:10
Terrific picture of a dark day
I feel a very sad ambiance but you have done a very good description
ChrisJ (94844) 2014-08-23 1:50
I went and saw this in 2006 when I was living in adjacent South Korea. A Canadian peace activist was playing the old John Lennon song 'Imagine' when the Iraq war was still raging. A thought provoking post and the mirrored reflection is superb. I was struck by how indiscrimiante the carnage was. Schoolchildren, cats, dogs, horses and even the trees were all collateral damage. This must never happen again. Tfs!
swapankumarroy (1394) 2014-08-24 3:55
You have well narrated about the Hiroshima and its past history where Atom Bomb exploded in the 2nd World War. You are right that it was the darkest period in Human history. Very well captured the reflection of the architecture and its dome. Superb picture.
with warm regards and thanks,
claudeD (31017) 2014-08-29 6:54
very fine picture very well composed from Hiroshima. I like the perfect sharpness, the clarity and the reflections in the water very much.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
mirosu (12686) 2014-08-29 11:12
Many thanks for interesting info note. It is a dark part in world history, but that act might safe life of millions.
The photo, not talking about main subject is excellent, the reflections are perfect.
Well framed in portrait format.
Very well done.
serp2000 (38467) 2014-08-30 9:13
Good presentation of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. I do remember a view of this building from my childhood.
Excellent choice of the point of view, this reflection makes this scene more impressive. Thanks for note.
Noel_Byrne (21682) 2014-09-08 11:34
Magnificent picture of this most iconic landmark. I have been fascinated by this structure since I was a kid when I saw a documentary outlining the destruction, and the image of this sole building stuck with me always. I have never seen a more beautiful image of it than this. The calm reflection really does bring about a sense of calm and peace and makes it hard to believe what this place witnessed. The sky is like the work of an artist and the colors are superb. Really wonderful presentation. Thanks for sharing.
ruisc_pt (10519) 2014-09-15 1:02
Your note is very food and as we all know this always a thruly brutal human genocide.
The PICs speak accotdingly.