National D-Day Memorial
For a description of this monument, click here.
It perfectly sums up the madness of war. Great image.
4 Nov 2008 11:02am
@MadScientist: I thought so too. It was shocking and left a sick feeling in my stomach. It is that powerful in person!
Thanks, Tracey, for this photo - how appropriate for today's election day here in the U.S. - and also for the link where you offer wonderful information on this statue. Did I somehow miss just how the statue came to be in VA?
4 Nov 2008 11:23am
@Judy: Thanks so much, Judy! Yes, you did miss that part, but it is okay, as I will repost it here for everyone to see. Thanks for stopping by!
Although this is not the original statue, it is a direct recasting, preserving the original damage caused by war. It was a gift from Guy Wildenstein and his family to the city of Bedford, VA and the nation. He donated it with his eternal gratitude to the USA for helping to restore France's freedom, for granting asylum to our parents, and for halting the extermination of a people. It was given in memory of the American soldiers who gave their lives in the beaches of Normandy in June 1944.
Good subject colour with cloudy background!
4 Nov 2008 12:15pm
@Vincent Lam: Thanks Vincent! Yes, the light and sky were cooperating that day!
Interesting monument. The tones in the patina of the monument are beautiful. The sky adds a lot of drama.
4 Nov 2008 1:53pm
@Laurie: The patina was absolutely incredible! And yes, the sky was quite dramatic that day! Thanks for the comment!
The combination of color and damage makes this a wonderful shot. At first I thought of the ancient Greek statues that have fallen apart from age.
4 Nov 2008 4:28pm
@Chris Osborne: I wish the reason it looked like that was from age, but unfortunately, it is do to man. Thanks for the comment!
Great shot - very dramatic and a sobering image of what war can do. Really nice capture.....
4 Nov 2008 4:57pm
@Chris: I appreciate you stopping in! Yes, seeing this statue was quite stomach churning when you realize the damage that same shrapnel piece could do to a human.
Very interesting shot. Looks great against the cloudy background (nice point of view).
4 Nov 2008 6:32pm
@Charles: Thanks so much, Charles! I was lucky with the light and the sky that day ;0)
4 Nov 2008 7:53pm
A stark and compelling image of the utter madness of the continuing sacrifice of the youth of the world to the inhumanities of war. I am one of the many that remember WW2.... and all that have followed. Thanks Tracey for a marvelous photo that somehow sums up the foolhardiness of such a course!
4 Nov 2008 7:56pm
A very powerful piece Tracey! i love it!
4 Nov 2008 7:59pm
Lovely shot, the sky and lighting make this a great pic.
4 Nov 2008 8:14pm
nice. i love desing photos...
4 Nov 2008 8:23pm
A haunting image that depicts the horrors of war not only to the statues but to the fine yound men who fought for our countries.
4 Nov 2008 9:41pm
Wow Tracey..this is one powerful image,pal...excellent lighting and colour..and, therefore, wins the Billy Oscar of the day for it's subject impact..great work m'lady...(check out your e-mail)
4 Nov 2008 11:19pm
Wonderful shot and great processing. Well done.
5 Nov 2008 3:11am
Mesmerizing and haunting. Wicked cool!
5 Nov 2008 3:27am
What a striking image. Thanks for sharing.
5 Nov 2008 10:06am
Thanks, Tracey...for correcting me and adding your info again. <blush>
What a wonderful gift ... and tribute to our fallen men at Normandy!
5 Nov 2008 9:41pm
Great shot! Nice processing!
7 Nov 2008 12:10am
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