Photographer's Note

Remembering Nov. 22, 1963
(A flag at Lafayette Cemetery)

This is not the photo I was planning to post today. I heard the radio talking about the 50th anniversary of JFK's death, and that led me to this one instead. Apparently, most people remember the place they were when they heard about the death of President Kennedy. Well, people who were then old enough for that of course. I was then a pre-school child and I don't have a clear memory of where I was (at home I imagine, where else could it be?), but I do remember watching the funerals on TV. I remember being very impressed by the ceremonial and the American flag on the coffin, and asking questions to my parents about it. That's why the photo of the "Stars and Stripes" in a cemetery. And the somewhat derelict look is for the years that have passed since then!

So many books and papers have been written about that death. I never felt particularly inclined to start navigating on that sea of theories and speculations. And I have no special enlightened opinion on Kennedy's political legacy. Given the timing of that event in my life, here's simply what this anniversary reminds me: My grand-mother died that year, a couple of months before Kennedy. Then in October, Edith Piaf, my mother's "idol", died. And then in November Kennedy is assassinated. Those were the months I learned that life on earth has an end, no matter if you are a simple sweet grand-mamma, an international star or the leader of a powerful country.

This photo was taken on a rainy day at the Lafayette Cemetery no. 1 in New Orleans. After a first shot, I replaced the flag in a more dignified way and shot from a different point of view so some of the typical tombs could be included in the photo. And finally I prefer the first and less planned shot! Just to mention, flags in cemeteries are a little weird to me. Contemplating eternity, isn't your plain status of homo sapiens so much more relevant than your nationality?

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