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Old Soldier

By fentiger    
This is another taken at the Remembrance Day parade on Sunday. This old soldier was very keen to lay his own personal tribute to fallen comrades at the War memorial before the Civic parade party arrived and was escorted in his endeavour by a friendly Police Community Support Officer. He had obviously taken great pride in his appearance looking very smart for the occasion and I was struck by the contrast between him and the PCSO in her uniform. He really needed an overcoat as he looked looked very cold ~ I was cold and I was better wrapped up than him!

No. 2 is a mono conversion with just some strategic colour brought back.

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Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Soldier War memorial Wreath Tribute Medals Remembrance sunday Portraits and people Poppy day Comrades

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Ray42 13 3 England
12 Nov 2008 7:32AM
Nice candid shot - good tribute to the 11th
imagio 15 12 1 England
12 Nov 2008 8:24AM
Excellent candid Albert, no 2 I like the selective colors on this

nickyv32 14 135 England
12 Nov 2008 8:25AM
Lovely capture, what a great chap and look at those medals, something to be very proud of....... Super shot

MandsH 15 England
12 Nov 2008 8:34AM
Touching shots, like the colour image.
jdenman 13 19 5 Spain
12 Nov 2008 8:39AM
Very nice candid.
cassiecat 13 39 46 England
12 Nov 2008 8:43AM
good candid capture,lesley
janet 19 27 England
12 Nov 2008 8:51AM
You have captured a very moving scene! No need for words here.

AlanBW 16 20 England
12 Nov 2008 9:04AM
Very well timed capture, love the eye contact
cantona43 16 928 4 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2008 9:15AM
superb candid which makes a wonderful tribute
CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
12 Nov 2008 10:08AM
Superb candid. Carol
MickyMc 14 8 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2008 11:10AM
I love No2 photographically with the selective colouring, but they both tell a moving story.
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
12 Nov 2008 1:50PM
A chance to wear his medals with pride Albert.Perhaps he thought they would not look as effective on an overcoat !! A well observed and taken image.
whiteswan01 13 13 England
12 Nov 2008 2:29PM
AnneWorner 14 620 43 United States
12 Nov 2008 3:20PM
A very touching candid. Love the direct eye contact you got in this shot. I do like the mono best, for reducing this to the essence, and getting rid of that distracting neon uniform color.
I heard on the news the other day that we only have one Veteran left from WWI in the US and he is 107. I believe they mentioned there are 4 vets left in the UK.
Bob_V 14 1 2 United States
12 Nov 2008 4:05PM
What a very nice candid, a fitting tribute.
helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2008 4:40PM
Can't remeber who, but someone else has uploaded a picture using the same idea today- namely mono soldier with the medals coloured. I really like the idea.
So v2 for me Albert
dawnmichelle 14 12 United States
12 Nov 2008 6:53PM
powerful shot.. love the selective coloring too..
GalleryGirl 14 4 2 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2008 7:29PM
Great selective colouring in V2. My fav. is V1
Marilyn x
12 Nov 2008 7:35PM
Like 1 the best and the coloring in 2 is great
DOGSBODY 13 1.4k 30 England
12 Nov 2008 9:43PM
Great image. I like the look on the old boy's face. Andy
fentiger 20 920 24 England
13 Nov 2008 7:13AM
Thank you to everyone who have looked, voted and commented.

Libby_M 15 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2008 8:24AM
what a nice shot well taken
Mavis 19 143 2 England
13 Nov 2008 8:50AM
Both images are very good Albert . Poor man does look cold . Don't his medals shine ? xxx
pascalg Plus
14 37 1 France
13 Nov 2008 7:14PM
superb !
esp. in colour...

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