I took this photo 8 years ago, but when I saw it developed I thought the effect of the red filter made it too dramatic and therefore kind of cheesey and I never paid much attention to it again. But today being the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and the saddening state of world politics, I thought this photo was quite appropiate. With the European Union and the US on Iran's back to permanently drop their nuclear program, the 6 party talks with North Korea to drop it's program seemingly going nowhere, the US's recent acknowlegement of India as a nuclear player, the Bush administration's recent plan to design and build a new generation of nuclear weapons and a statement by a senior Chinese official that it would use nuclear weapons to counter attack US nuclear strategy, the over dramatic effect of this slide pales in comparison (and I haven't even mentioned Iraq or Afganistan). One could be tempted to wonder why we bother to record history at all, when the short-sightedness of politicians is so glaringly counterproductive. Perhaps a famous symbol of devastation (come world peace), bathed in a blood red sky is not that cheesey at all. Afterall we are living in the times of "the axis of evil" and the cheese seems to reign supreme!
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colinbrenchley (6209) 2005-08-06 12:23
A moving and memorable image on the 60th anniverary. I visited Hiroshima in 1970 when I was serving on HMS Intrepid. We were the first British warship to visit Hiroshima since 1945. It was an official visit and we had about 10,000 visitors come on board the ship during our stay there which lasted 7 days. Regards Colin
FORJP001 (3819) 2005-08-06 12:32
Sometime we took photo many years ago, even when seen developed and we thought the effect of the red filter made it too dramatic and therefore kind of cheesey we place this shot somewhere unaware of it's future usage. The contex changes and it becomes actuality. This shot reminding Hiroshima 1944-45 is worth a thousand words
pbernardon (593) 2005-08-06 14:42
I hope every people on this eath will never live again this drama.
Human madness and crualtly have unfortunatly no limit
Please I dare everybody to never see that again
SoupDragon (652) 2005-08-07 5:47
An amazing picture. There has been so much in the media about the pro's and cons of dropping the bomb. I wonder why people can't find the answer? Let Bush visit the memorial, and speak to people who were there (whilst they are still alive. Let him see first hand the destruction. Would he still have the guts to commit to the horror? Let also, Koizumi visit Nanjing memorial in China. What would his reaction be then? Still allow sanitised history texts? Still practice the visits to Yasukuni? Our "leaders" have a lot to live up to, wouldn't it be nice if they got it right just once?
Anyway, fantastic idea for a picture, and well executed. The timing? Couldn't be better.
zig (2456) 2005-08-07 7:45
Hi, I am originally from Hiroshima. And my teacher when I was at the elementary school experienced the bomb. She taught us as much as she could by drawing what she saw there. I still remember it was horrible story of her life experience. I just hope the nuclear weapon competition amongst countries will be stopped oneday because we all know there will be no one to win it, cuz in the end the weapon will wipe us out completely.
- Copyright: john harte (baboo_mcfoo) (100)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 1997-00-00
- Categories: Castles, Architecture, Event
- Camera: Nikon FE, 50mm f/1.2, Fuji Velvia, Red filter
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Hiroshima & Nagasaki [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-08-06 12:04