This young bloke is a World War II veteran. He was marching in the Anzac Day Parade on 25 April 2009. It was 11:00am and the dear old fella was downing a cold beer - as he most deservedly should. It was hard to catch him as he wheeled up and down George Street so fast, so the shot is not the best technically-speaking. But this man's zest for life and obvious sense of humour made me think of him as the quintessential Australian. I am very proud of him and the sacrifices he has made for our country. I have included in the Workshop another shot of him about to take off.
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snunney (85703) 2009-04-28 5:11
I like both shots of this vibrant looking shot, but I think I prefer the one in the workshop with the closer framing. Whatever, they are both good daily life images and a fine salute to the WWII Anzac veterans.
rlrad (1845) 2009-04-28 5:13
Good morning Lisa!
I admire your patriotism AND your talent. This is a nice shot, a fine representation of this gentleman. Like any other soldier, he likes his beer, too! Well captured, nicely sharp - just a little OE on the top of his head, but of course the conditions were not perfect. They rarely are when shooting in the street like that. It is so hard to catch folks in any situation, candidly, and have them look interesting to anyone but their own relations. You did it, though! Congratulations!
Have a nice night!
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
ktanska (25076) 2009-04-28 5:35
Admirable portrait. Good combination of official and more relaxed celebrations, including Toohey's. I like those medals on the corner too.
Silvio1953 (124687) 2009-04-28 5:43
Ciao Lisa, beautiful portrait with old veteran of World war II, great expression, splendid light and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio
sevy (15365) 2009-04-28 5:50
Now, end of WWII is far from 2 generations. So it is important to keep witness of it as your photo is doing.
With a good lightning, it is a well efficient photo. Even more with the life shared by the beer bottle :-)
lousat (78455) 2009-04-28 5:53
Ciao Lisa,anche da noi si festeggia il 25 aprile come anniversario della liberazione,bellissima testimonianza che arriva dall'altro emisfero,c'e' una luce speciale in questo scatto che rende tutto piu' bello,complimenti e buona giornata,Luciano
rikko77 (10861) 2009-04-28 6:19
bella foto -snapshot- ben realizzata. Il tema è importante, come sottolinei nella nota che hai scritto e nel WS. Brava!
Un saluto da Roma,
berek (40015) 2009-04-28 6:29
he is historical man. you explain to us life with this picture. thanks for your note.
well framed picture.
phwall (6785) 2009-04-28 6:41
A wonderful capture of this veteran, he's got his priorities right.
diomed (13926) 2009-04-28 7:31
anche questo è un bel ritratto: hai colto il veterano in una posa molto espressiva. Impressionanti i dettagli e la definizione.
baba_flies (8829) 2009-04-28 11:10
Hello Lisa! I have come over such parades, last time in Vermont and it was very touchy although I never understand why these things happen but who does. A short moment of this old man's life, you really wonder what he saw and I guess we rather do not want to know but maybe we should. Strong picture, very powerful, very well handled. Yes they will soon be no longer under us but sad enough there will be more such parades with younger people. Impressive picture, it really is. Best regards, Barbara.
skippy007 (12510) 2009-04-28 23:42
Ciao Lisa, The Anzac spirit well captured in this shot, I'm glad to see him looking very proud & wearing his medals, with one hand holding a cold Tooheys.
Well seen & executed.
Un caro saluto
We thought of you on Sunday, sorry you could not make, speriamo la prossima volta.
ciakgiak (30421) 2009-04-29 12:52
Ciao carissima Lisa,
grandissimo ritratto, hai colto il veterano di guerra in una bellissima espressione, ma ciò che colpisce maggiormente in questa bellissima foto è la luce, che avvolge ed illumina la scena in modo splendido.
Un caro abbraccio
fefe (177) 2009-04-29 13:29
è la luce a rendere quest'immagine magica. Bravissima.
archimatica (20325) 2009-04-30 3:14
Fantastic light and situation!
My best regards
BelCan75 (2201) 2009-04-30 20:03
Wonderful shot of this man. I like the light, the way you have capture his expression and how he seems to be enjoying that beer. These people are people to be proud of. Great tribute! Well done!
batalay (35791) 2009-05-27 16:06
I came by this fabulous image while looking at Renzo's gallery of favorites. I am originally from Turkey, but I have long harbored immense admiration for the ANZACS. And indeed I've met some of them over the years. Here in Washington, DC, the Ataturk Society to which I belong commemorate the day together. The irony is that my grandfather fought against these brave warriors, and they had a mutual respect for each other, forged in the opposing trenches. Take a look at a story I wrote when my father passed away, as a Tribute for General Kemal Atalay.
- Copyright: Lisa DP (delpeoples) (53419)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-04-25
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Canon 30D, 70-200mmf/4L IS USM
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): ANZAC Day, My People [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-04-28 4:58
- Favorites: 1 [view]