An old one I finally remembered. On my visit to Paris in the end of March I passed by the memorial for the victims of the war in Algeria. This memorial is on the bank of Seine just a few hundred meters from the Eiffel tower. It consists of three stone column and each of those have a scrolling text. The texts are in the colors of the French flag and this is the middle one with white text.
At the time of my visit there were ceremonies at all war memorials in Paris, therefore the flowers in blue, white and red. Maybe some of you French guys can explain that.
I waited as the text scrolled to try and find a single word with a strong impact. I did not have to wait long and I think I suceeded in that as "Morts pour.." means "Died for.."
I took another picture of this in a January night, earlier picture
In PP I made the background darker and less saturated to highlight the memorial. Increased contrast on the text display separately.
The holiday of the season here in Sweden as October shifts into November is "The day of all saints" on the first Saturday of November. On that weekend it is a tradition to decorate the graves of our relatives with flowers and candles. A good time for that too as darkness falls around 4 pm and the cementaries are lit up by hundreds of candles. I guess this picture could be my contribution to that tradition.
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Valentia (1522) 2004-10-29 21:26
Modern yet with old memories. A strong story well captured.
avigur_11 (22077) 2004-10-30 12:58
This is quite unusual to see such an active memorial, Ebbe, but this is very special. Your photo is minimalist, as I like and very well composed. I think that you made a good decision by darkenning the BG. Well done.
kajenn (2428) 2004-10-30 13:11
A rather strict yet remarkable memorial, Ebbe, shown in a pleasant way. The stone pillars with the beautiful flowers in French colors in front look very traditional, but the addition of the rolling text in the middle makes it quite modern. The way you composed the image is also less traditional - placed in the left part of the frame and facing left. Nice capture of the words and nice work on the backdrop too. Well done!
robiuk (10807) 2004-10-30 17:00
I like your idea of slightly desaturating the BG as it complements the almost b/w of the memorial.
Kaj noticed very well about the memorial facing left - which I regard (the position) as it complements the perspective (seeing the window further back).
Word 'morts' stands quite well as it is.
- Copyright: Ebbe Rozel (Ebbe) (9617)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-03-00
- Categories: Ceremony, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Minolta Dimage F100
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): War ... what's it used for?, Outdoor Type [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-10-29 18:46