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Every weekend a small group of people, the family and friends of fallen solders gather at the beach next to the Santa Monica pier to layout a tribute to brave young men and women who will never come back. They work with the precision of people who have a job many times. Engineers layout a grid of neat lines. A cross grid makes the place for each cross. The people world silently. Mixed in with those who have suffered a grave sadness and loss are off duty soldiers, politicians, movie stars, retired military officers who send these soldiers into war. During the week this area of the beach is one of the most densely populated pieces of sand in the world. The crosses go up quickly as night falls. Just as they did long ago the survivors of wars past march as sentries and guardians of this place. Silently moving through the night, No one so cruel as to desecrates this place dares to come close. These sentries are men and women of war. Violate this place at your own risk.

As the sun comes the visitors start to arrive. Some to pray, some to mourn a loss so great that it will never end. All day long. As night fall the sentries again take their places. Sunday evening, all this will disappear until next weekend. When I took this picture, there we six hundred crosses. Now there are almost eight thousand.

Brand:Minolta Co., Ltd.
Camera:Minolta DiMAGE Z1
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:31 May 2004 - 2:12 AM
Focal Length:39.6mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:50
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:The real veterans
Username:Aldo Panzieri Aldo Panzieri
Uploaded:20 Jul 2013 - 4:24 AM
Tags:Photo journalism, The real veterans.
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Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
20 Jul 2013 - 4:35 AM

Essential narrative for a very impressive image.
Perfect photo-journalism.
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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2013 - 6:44 AM

A very moving narrative about the image: great that so much effort is put in to the memory of the fallen.
Ronnie.

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DeSilver
DeSilver e2 Member 7DeSilver vcard England11 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2013 - 8:24 AM

Excellent narrative and what a sad sad waste of human life.Sad


David.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1019 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2013 - 1:38 PM

Intensely moving, private thoughts and a few names and flowers amid the regimented anonymous lines. Every one of those crosses is a human life.
Moira

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pcheywood
pcheywood  91300 forum posts England
26 Jul 2013 - 10:44 AM

Great commentary for a great shot.

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