Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Honoring all those that have served

November 11th is the day to remember all those that served and sacrificed to safeguard our country. They truly deserve the gratitude of all in this nation, for with their service they have secured the liberties we exercise and enjoy each day. Many we do not know personally but let them now they are not forgotten or appreciated for their efforts in keeping us safe. My hat is off to all veterans, past, present, living and those that have preceded us for being there at the time their country needed their service.

Photography has been used since its discovery to record many historical events as they had occurred. It has been there in times of celebration and joy as well as times of great sadness, grief and loss. It is the record of mankind in every day life and sometimes the photos are not of the “pretty” variety.

Quoting Leonardo Da Vinci, “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen”. I think if you substitute imagery for painting in this quote you can relate this to not only painting but also include photography. The idea of “picture” making is to tell the story of an event as it happens. If the photographer can elicit emotions and feeling in the viewer of their photo then they too have created “poetry”. I know there are many photos I have seen and wished I have not because of the feelings they cause to stir within me. They are the ones that show the lack of humanity of those that had perpetrated crimes against humanity and their fellow inhabitants of this planet. But then again, I have seen photos that give hope and joy and cause me to wonder if it is ever possible that all men could ever live in peace one day.

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