May 9 - a.k.a. Victory Day - is a great holiday in Russia.
It marks the victory over the Nazi forces in World War 2 (also known as the Great Patriotic War in the Soviet Union).
I post this photo in memory of those who fought with and defeated Nazi fascism in WW2 - especially in memory of those millions of Russians who perished but were not crushed during that terrible war - so that such young girls like this one could enjoy life, listen to music, eat ice-cream, have happy children…
In a photo posted a few years ago I already provided a link to the famous Charlie Chaplin’s speech from “The Great Dictator”. I want to repeat it here now.
Chaplin's speech - YouTube.
NB. for those who have not seen the movie: here, Chaplin expresses his own personal opinion.
In the background: the famous St. Basil’s Cathedral. It was built from 1555–61 on orders from the Russian tzar Ivan the Terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan.
I also wan to repeat an extract from the note to that photo of mine:
“We remember the great victory in the terrible war which swept away millions of innocent lives.
We honour WW2 veterans the number of which diminishes very quickly as too much time has already passed since 1945. Soon there will be none of them left alive to tell young people about the WW2 time.
Soon people will learn about WW2 only from (text)books and movies...
Thanks to many modern movies, books and computer games nowadays more and more children think that war is fun and military weapons look so cool and beautiful, and human life doesn’t really cost anything.
War means "an open armed conflict between two or more parties, nations, or states". War means that someone wins and someone loses.
War is a perquisite of mankind.
In a war there is no winner. There are only losers.
What do people lose in a war?
What do we lose?
With each new (local) war we lose a bit of hope… a hope for stopping senseless bloodshed for the sake of someone’s earthly profits; a hope for creating a different world – "a kind new world where men will rise above their hate and brutality.””
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rbassin (18939) 2014-05-09 5:04
Une très bonne composition, de bonnes couleurs et bonne profondeur.
Attitude intéressante et bien captée de la piétonne.
dta (68734) 2014-05-09 5:30
Hello Elena ,
An outstanding composition , with superb vivid colors , and a great management of the DOF .
Very well done .
Didi (57620) 2014-05-09 5:30
Very good selective setting DOF on the girl with a blur background
Nice attitude of the subject
boa (6133) 2014-05-09 5:37
it is so nice to see that you are back here again(but for how long?)
I really like this colorful shot, sunshine and a glimpse of the world famous St. Basil’s Cathedral in the background. The focal length make an interesting compact impression, a great shot! Hope to see you at TE soon again.
Bästa hälsningar från ett molnigt Stockholm/
delpeoples (53469) 2014-05-09 7:18
Ciao cara Elena
On 25 April we here in Australia commemorate our fallen soldiers too. This year in your country, this remembrance is very topical as we have all heard of the problems in the Ukraine. I openly admit to not understanding the intricacies and also know that it is no help to comment on the politics of another country. But I sincerely hope that there is no more bloodshed, your countries have seen enough. A beautiful and poignant photo and note, taken with your usual skill and observant nature.
holmertz (42683) 2014-05-09 11:01
This is close to a perfect street-shot: Fine colours, superb light, a very nice foreground with a strong human presence (I can easily disregard the grey arm in the corner) and a fantastic background.
As for the message I think we all should pay our respect to the Soviet troops and ordinary Soviet people who suffered so much to defeat the Nazis 69 years ago. It's just so very sad that today you have a leader who threatens the European peace through crimes against international law and deceitful propaganda, acting pretty much like Hitler did, "liberating" Crimea and possibly preparing the "Anschluss" of eastern Ukraine. I have absolutely nothing against the Russian people, or any other people, but I strongly dislike - and fear - the present leaders in the Kremlin who seem intent on starting the cold war once again and bringing back the iron curtain.
bachapi (369) 2014-05-09 12:59
Nice colors and perfect contrast. A really good picture! Have a nice evening Elena.
daddo (24856) 2014-05-09 16:32
Zdravo Elena. Nice to see your work again and read your thoughts. Of interest to me was Gert's response and your reaction to it.The inevitable reaction of being pushed into a corner is that inevitably one does react when Life/survival/existence,the extinguishing of a genetic pool is threatened. It's part of an ingrained, biological reaction to fight for one's life, one's genetic package and progeny. On the other hand, the "enemy" is enforcing his biological/genetic prerogative to take as much of space and food to ensure that his future and that of his progeny is ensured. Every living organism needs a bit of the primal pond in which to survive and procreate.The more successful ones are the ones which take more to have more and become more. Politics, religion and ethnicity are just masking devices to mobilize the masses for the real "game" that is played on an instinctive, biological, "survival of the fittest" arena. The chances of survival are seen as being most viable when all unite under the leadership of the most effective,resourceful, wily and often brutal alpha male. Life is a battle and enemies are everywhere. That is the way I see all conflicts- the hope is that we can transcend these primal fears and needs, transcend our biological impulses and contrary to our impulses become single entities that are motivated by love and compassion. But then Jesus ended up being crucified because he preached against those very impulses that are deep within us, yet are ever ready to come to the surface when someone is perceived as being a threat to our survival.
Emotive photo for the message it carries of the sacrifices made by the previous generations and of the guarantee that sacrifices will again be made in some future time by all, since nothing will change for the reasons I mentioned above. Wait till we start fighting for water! Pozdrav. Klaudio.
tatadalou (6727) 2014-05-09 22:26
Wow, that's an excellent image, and a beautiful tribute to all who fought against nazism ! This girl looks so carefree, listening music, having a drink,... and enjoying sun ! It's full of colours. Great DOF and nice background.
Thanks for your beautiful note, I've just read on Wikipedia why Russia celebrated the victory in May 9 and not the 8. I ignored it. TE is also for that !
emka (81636) 2014-05-09 23:53
Excellent composition and good photo to remember the victims of the war, any place, any nation, any time. It sometimes seems that the fight and bloodshed is never a good solution of problems but then we hear again this time hasn't come yet.
Polish soldiers also populate the cemeteries all over the world. Strange, we have no Victory Day.
WArm regrads MAlgo
lgir (6891) 2014-05-10 10:41
beautiful composition with beautiful colors and great serenity provided by the very happy face of this girl.
jcpix (13716) 2014-05-10 19:40
This is great, it has kind of a footloose and fancy free attitude. :) A much deeper meaning of course with the day in consideration, but a fun and appealing image just the same. With my very first trip to Russia planned in late August to go and see Serghei, I was instantly drawn in here by the famous background of St Basil...can't wait to see this with my own eyes. Bright, colorful and enticing imagery. Well done! Enjoy the new day. Take care.
nikkitta (15228) 2014-06-03 11:53
Touching note, well writen, wars must not be forgotten
Like the composition fosusing on the girl, enjoying live, with the magnificent background blurred
adores (38589) 2014-06-16 17:55
This is a really good photo to celebrate freedom! Her happy face listening to the music is priceless! Great composition, with magnificent colours and the Basilica in background.
- Copyright: Elena Su (fanni) (14381)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-08
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Event, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Cannon EOS 60D, Canon EF-S 18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS, Hoya 72mm UV HMC
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-09 4:51
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