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bluesandtwos 12 532 1 England
22 Jan 2021 10:39AM
Profound, and rather sad.

DaveU 15 1.4k 127 England
26 Jan 2021 3:41PM
Thanks Dave and sad indeed .....
2 Feb 2021 8:45AM
rather powerful.. and no laughs this time
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2476 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2021 8:52AM
I think you have uploaded an image of this sculpture before. I remember because the Shot at Dawn men are one of my interests, I've followed up a number of the names on the posts at the Arboretum and unfailingly they are stories of how events can spiral downhill. Poor young Herbert Burden , the subject of the sculpture, was 17, two years too young to be serving abroad in the first place.
This is taken from the position of the firing squad...
bliba Plus
16 2 Austria
2 Feb 2021 8:58AM
fine digital art Wink
saltireblue Plus
11 12.6k 79 Norway
2 Feb 2021 9:04AM
A fine piece of work on a contentious matter, Dave, which should not be forgotten.
Probably the most poignant memorial ever erected, of any war...
FabioKeiner 9 111 1 Austria
2 Feb 2021 9:29AM
absolutely best
DaveU 15 1.4k 127 England
2 Feb 2021 10:14AM
Thanks guys, this is probably the most moving memorial of many at the Arboretum. As Moira says, it’s modelled on the likeness of a young lad of only seventeen. The more you read about it the sadder it gets.

It is an old image Moira though one I keep tinkering with.

Many thanks for your UA’s Malc and Leonid.
TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2021 10:20AM
As much as you can upload seriously bonkers stuff, Dave, it's images like this one that really do hit home sometimes Sad
DaveU 15 1.4k 127 England
2 Feb 2021 10:37AM
Thanks Tanya, though I think the power of this image is down to the skill of the sculptor rather than anything very much that I’ve done.

Normal silly images will be resumed tomorrow Wink
ZenTony Plus
6 11 1 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2021 11:05AM
Photos are so powerful and have the ability to cause you to reflect. Exceptional composition Dave and I guess the "white feathers" are meant to be symbolic.
TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2021 11:27AM
I think the white feather can mean many things, depending on context or nationality … for war, I believe it was seen as a sign of cowardice, which would fit with the whole being shot for desertion thing.

However, for me, I prefer to believe that the white feathers have a more spiritual symbolism, and hint at the loss of a young life, despite how it came about. Other possible meanings for white feathers are that they're thought to come from angels, and therefore speak of love, protection, peace and light, and are a message from the Divine.

Either way, what those men and women had to go through in those days doesn't bear thinking about Sad
DaveU 15 1.4k 127 England
2 Feb 2021 12:02PM
Eloquently put Tanya, obviously I’m associating white feathers with cowardice for this image but they do have other symbolism too.

Did you know that “The Order of the White Feather” was founded in August 1914 as part of a strategy to encourage women to pressure their family and friends into enlisting for the war with white feathers being given to young men who didn’t volunteer for service. I didn’t either ..... till I googled it Smile
TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2021 1:05PM
I didn't know that, Dave. It's difficult these days to think back to the days of the World Wars, and to reflect on what the people of that time gave up in order to provide the present with the possibility of a future.

And yep, Google is far more useful than looking up conspiracy theories!

pablophotographer 10 2.0k 416
2 Feb 2021 2:06PM
Well created image.

For me the feathers are associated to a killed pigeon, the symbol of peace and hope in the Bible. Every war signifies the destruction of peace.

Daisymaye Plus
13 24 20 Canada
2 Feb 2021 2:43PM
I like the idea of the feathers being those of Angel wings. There to ease his journey home. So very sad and moving.
DaveU 15 1.4k 127 England
2 Feb 2021 2:48PM
Those are nice viewpoints guys and so much more hopeful and uplifting than an association with sadness and an arbitrary tag of cowardice.
DaveU 15 1.4k 127 England
2 Feb 2021 7:01PM
Thanks for your GEA K. Smile
clevercloggs 17 251 15 Netherlands
3 Feb 2021 8:09AM
yes, the white feather has a meaning as Dave stated.
it once came up in the Antiques Roadshow. Men who did refused to go to war could be sent letters (no internet etc..) which would contain a white feather insinuating that the recipient was a coward.
Carefully composed image for a sensitive subject.
DaveU 15 1.4k 127 England
3 Feb 2021 8:19AM
Cheers Robert ......

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