Doughboy

By mrswoolybill
An upload for the 4th of July, dedicated to Jenn, Joline, Sandy, Walter and all our American friends.
This is a door-handle in the chapel of the St Mihiel American Military Cemetery. There are two of them, so small you could easily miss them. (Maybe 10cm, 4 inches, overall?)
Light from the open doors was filtering into the darkness. There will be more uploads of this subject in due course...
The American infantry had acquired the nickname doughboys in Mexico, years before the Great War. I've heard numerous possible explanations. Perhaps the buttons on their uniforms reminded people of dumplings; or the Mexican dust on their faces made them look like bakers...
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Tags: Photo journalism Sculpture Specialist and abstract Saturday shadows

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Comments


nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
4 Jul 2015 7:58AM
Superbly taken mono photograph, Moira.
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2015 8:11AM
An image which stirs ones senses...

Beautifully capture, processed and presented Moira.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
PranavMishra 8 52 18 India
4 Jul 2015 8:38AM
that is some personality for a door-handle.. made with imagination and passion.. yeah, for such a size (4.5"), the artist has put his all in it.. and as someone said - what it does is more important.. ultimately - the subject is seen a differently by the two genders.. while the eye of a lady is curious all the time about what's inside, she is more intent on what's inside the heart and soul of the person.. whereas I find majority of men interested in what's on the surface.. this difference I have grown aware of recently.. what difference could 1 or 2 inches of it makes? for a man, it as though becomes a question of life and death.. and he is not able to understand it was neither his fault, nor his choice.. for most of the women - the question does not exist, or does not matter that much..
I am enlightened on that part..
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2015 8:56AM
Lovely light and tones in this , Moira.

I can remember the subject of American doughboys being discussed whilst as school although many decades has since passed and I can't remember the details.

Curiosity has made me have a look and this could be the answer?

http://www.worldwar1.com/dbc/origindb.htm

Ken
cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
4 Jul 2015 8:59AM
Wonderful lighting Smile
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
4 Jul 2015 9:03AM
What a very lovely door handle, Moira, beautifully presented.
IainHamer Plus
15 21 5 England
4 Jul 2015 9:07AM
Great lighting, well spotted, captured and processed

Click

Iain
KingBee Plus
14 548 2 Scotland
4 Jul 2015 9:28AM
An excellent study, with well controlled whites and shadows.

Regards.
Bob
Philip_H 9 1.5k United Kingdom
4 Jul 2015 11:21AM
A mesmerizing image, Moira.

Appears to be a lot of theories on the nickname 'doughboy'. In the April 1919 edition of the magazine, 'The Stars and Stripes', a writer offered this explanation:

"The word ‘doughboy’ originated in the Philippines. After a long march over extremely dusty roads, the infantrymen came into camp covered with dust. The long hikes brought out the perspiration, and the perspiration mixed with the dust formed a substance resembling dough; therefore, their lucky brothers, the mounted soldiers, called them ‘doughboys'."

P Smile
jadus 9 1.2k 3 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2015 11:48AM
Love this, Moira.

Jade
4 Jul 2015 1:05PM
Good work Moira you've certainly ended up with an excellent result here.

JohnSmile
4 Jul 2015 1:23PM
Great capture.
Sylvia
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2375 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2015 3:36PM
Thanks everyone, and special thanks to Nathan, Bob and Jade for their UAs. I have been out photographing the first day of our Kite Festival, it's going to take up most of my weekend...
Ken and Philip - The word doughboy originally meant an early and rather less palatable version of the doughnut. Its application to the American infantry - well as I said, there are numerous theories!
Moira
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
5 Jul 2015 1:13AM
Thanks for this post Moira!
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2015 5:09PM
Just perfection, great tones and composition. Well done for capturing this impact shot...
IB
Joline Plus
14 30 59 United States
8 Jul 2015 3:23AM
Thank you for telling me about this upload. It is really a great tribute to the soldiers of the Great War......sure wish there were no more violence in the world though. So we'll photographed.
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
8 Jul 2015 6:09AM
great light
Zydeco_Joe 14 84 1 England
8 Nov 2017 12:31PM
Moira Totally different to my shot. Fantastic light powerful image.
John aka Zydeco Joe

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