for god (whichever)
for king (whichever)
for country (whichever)
- they died for a muddy football field
This is another picture shot at the Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof of Langemark near Ypres. Here lie more than 44,000 young German men, some known, about half of them unidentified. Because of the extremely young age of many of the fallen, this war cemetry is also known as the 'Studentenfriedhof', the Students' Cemetry.
In Flanders fields around Ypres
the territory conquered during the Great War
was almost as big as the size
of the cemmetries.
I find the Langemark cemetry so impressive, precisely because of its lack of heroism.
And also because of the morbid role its myth played in nazi ideology (see yesterday's post).
"To you, from failing hands, we throw
the torch, be yours to hold it high"
...and more of that old lie
These are some of the names of the soldiers
whose remains lie in the cemetry's mass grave.
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timecapturer (41826) 2013-05-21 7:21
another evocative and moving image. Love this composition and the stark detailing of the names and the way they disappear into the distance. So many names and lives lost and this image respectfully emphasises that point so effectively. Well done.
Regards - Brian.
I am unable to access the forums so was unable to read your response to my critique of yesterday unfortunately.
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2013-05-21 8:08
so many names!!very good shot...
excellent POV..great perspective..
very clear & nice colours....
very creative & thoughtful composition..
olive224 (2717) 2013-05-21 12:03
Very well done, good light management and great POV and DOF
I like it very much
And thanks for the informative note
mjw364 (6514) 2013-05-22 8:22
Nice use of lines to create the perspective and good light direction to emphasise the names. The focus on the names close up is saying look at these names whilst the many other names are still emerging into focus for us to think about and consider - lest we forget those past.
'Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori' - another old lie.
adidas5nb (4007) 2013-05-23 8:26
i like this pic for what it stands for.you have shot it so beautifully,and justify the fact that there just were so many casualties in the war, that it is very difficult to have an account of all the names.great choice for b n w
icesurfer (538) 2014-02-09 4:05
A very direct and moving image, perfectly executed. The choice of POV, with the names getting unintellegible with the distance, makes the viewer wonder how far these names go in all directions, giving even more strength to the overall message.