This image is from the historical archives, after the fire bombing of Dresden, February 13th to 15th, 1945.
My college German language professor was a navigator in the U.S. Army 8th Air Force and was deeply affected by this horrendous tragedy and spoke openly how it was happening again in Vietnam. Many of us would refuse to support the invasion of Vietnam.
Hopefully we will stop the policy of bombing and start trying communications and sharing as a form of solutions.
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EstudioChispa (1694) 2013-08-16 12:55
A stunning foto, Ray. It says everything that need be said.
Do we know the name of the original photographer? A quick Google search hasn't produced an answer; I do know that the sculpture has been identified as "Goddess" by August Schreitmueller.
[PS added later -- Richard Peter, 1946, Air Force Magazine]
I'll confess that I often shoot pictures of historical pictures on display. Often, they are public domain, although I've never used one commercially or even artistically, but I love sharing them!
And what has prompted this post today, if I may ask and you care to share?
korbee (6557) 2013-08-16 13:49
Impossible to ignore this photo Ray!
The question will be for ever,do we all learn our lesson from this ,the answer is NO!
Thanks to religion misusing,money,politics in the name of god ;=]
Again a photo to think about.....
goodfella (247) 2013-08-16 14:29
War! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing!
Some things are worth fighting for. Hitler? Worth fighting. Vietnam? Probably not.
Politics aside, this is an excellent shot of a God like statue looking down maybe asking "Why?!" and shows the devastation from war. Thank you for sharing.
Noel_Byrne (13436) 2013-08-17 5:41
This has sent a shiver down my spine. For some reason, the destruction of Dresden was one of those events which resonated with me so much. I know that war brought so much pain and horror, but the images from here were tragically iconic and show the extent of what this destruction wrought.
This image is extremely powerful, with this statue looking down over what was a bustling city, but is no longer even a place habitable by man. It reminds me of the famous shot of the surviving building that stood after the bomb at Heroshima and which still stands today as a reminder.
Powerful shot this, and a harsh reminder that the world is not all stunning sunsets and wonderful architecture. Thanks for this macabrely interesting post.
All the best
drt100 (2029) 2013-08-21 7:23
An interesting image and some wise words in your note. Having served three tours in SEA, it was a troubling experience to say the least. This photo can not be expressed in words ... just as real war and the survival of it also can not be expressed.