I took this picture some years ago with my trusty Nikon F90. To me it is a poignant juxtapositon and serves to remind me that many (europeans and americans) died to give us the freedoms we have today.
I chose the categories of Daily Life because without the sacrifice of soldiers from all free nations, our daily life would be much different. Decisive moment I chose for serveral reasons but the young lad looks to be lost in deep thought.
I also decided to post this picture over thousands of others in my collection because it is a sharp contrast to the colorfullnes and "joie de vivre" of my first post depicting Le Landeron, Switzerland
Historical reference (from Wikipedia)
This picture was taken at the American Cemetery in Normandy; the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is a World War II cemetery and memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, that honors American soldiers who died in Europe during World War II. France has granted the United States a special, perpetual concession to the land occupied by the cemetery, officially making it United States soil.
The cemetery is located on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach (one of the landing beaches of the Normandy Invasion) and the English Channel. It covers 70 hectares, and contains the remains of 9,387 American military dead, most of whom were killed during the invasion of Normandy and ensuing military operations in World War II. The graves face westward, towards the United States.
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stevep (556) 2007-10-10 21:34
its a very impactful photo as you must already know Charles.
I've nothing technical to nitpick but i will say that i would prefer that you hadnt cut the shadow of the foreground cross off. also, i think the category 'decisive moment' might not fit with the content of this photo(but that is extreme nitpicking on my part so I'll shut up now! ;)
the child standing alone and his body language and especially his height in comparison to the crosses all combine to deliver a very powerful message in the mind of the viewer on the fragility of life.
very good post,
p.s. both your posts are very good, keep writing critiques to generate more traffic to your own galleries and you'll get the accolades/feedback we all desire.... for a first post your photo titled 'Neuchatel' got a great response.
tobourge (971) 2007-10-15 8:05
Thanks for your comment and your workshop.
This is indeed a strong image and the choice of Black and White was for sure the right choice.
Even if this is a static image, the picture talks.
Thanks for the post and comments
- Copyright: Charles Lupica (clupica) (97)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2002-07-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon F90, Nikkor 24/2,8, ILFORD HP 400, UV
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2007-10-10 15:04
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