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The fourth of five images from Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris. A Jewish grave to which someone has taken exception, perhaps.
This is by some distance my favourite of the set (before Montparnasse I) even though by its sombre nature it won't stand out in the thumbnails.

" . . . Corporal . . . Died gloriously (for) France while carrying out a heroic act at (Mortmain???), (Department of the) Meuse, 14th October 1914."

Camera:Nikon D7000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 16-85mm f3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR DX Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:26mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.1
Shutter Speed:1/1250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Montparnasse IV
Username:woolybill1 woolybill1
Uploaded:19 May 2011 - 8:39 AM
Tags:General, Photo journalism


19 May 2011 - 9:42 AM

Powerful thought provoking shot Bill, great textures and tones and so well composed and captured.


AshTree  61702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2011 - 10:11 AM

Certainly my favourite of your series so far, Bill. So poignant that someone who died with honour should be dishonoured in this way. Vandals know no shame. And apart from that it's a superb composition, that rusty chain link is an absolute gift, with its marvellous textures, contrast and shape and its way of underlining (in a curvy sort of way Wink) and drawing attention - the vandals will not have dominion over this man's heroism.


Sad and poignant too Bill, well seen.
Regards Richard


Very beautiful capture, Bill, like how the chain frames it around the base Smile
Trev Smile


The components of this image hang together so well. Nicely seen.


A tragic statement of inhumanity and prejudice. It says more to the world in tatters than it did when it was whole. It shouts the bravery of this man.

mikbee  8 Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2011 - 12:26 PM

My favourite one too Bill,and you will guess because of the inclusion of the chain.And it is sad to see the ''grottyness'' in the image,and not the best reminder of this brave man I am sure.But was not that war the ''grottiest'' of them all !!

19 May 2011 - 1:21 PM

So well composed Bill, full of symbolism, taking in the chain and those flowers sprouting from the hard rock look almost apologetic, the vandalised stone says so much too,
strong emotive image,


Thought provoking Bill. There are some Mindless people still living...I just hate vandalism.


My favorite Bill. Those little flowers doing their best. The damaged rock looks like a curled page from a fire. This is so touching, very sad yet hopeful. Excellent processing too.........Sandy


A sobering image Bill nicely captured. It defies belief that people can vandalise the grave of somebody who fought to keep them free.

LexEquine  9 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2011 - 3:56 PM

Artistic image frame, Bill, with excellent light, color, tones, & pin-sharp clarity and depth. Very attractive image presentation of a 'solemn moment in time.'

Peter Smile

MilanaG  9 Bulgaria
19 May 2011 - 4:30 PM

I've just looked at this series...an interesting and unusual place for your shot...like your view point in every shot in this set.Like all of them and this one is my favorite.

Suehh  839 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2011 - 7:03 PM

An image that definitely tells a story - I think you have achieved what you set out to do.

20 May 2011 - 5:12 AM

Ah, Bill, I missed this one! Excellent! The inclusion of the rusty old chain fence really adds to the composition of this image! These Montparnasse Cemetery images are a pleasure to view! Thank you for taking us on this journey!




The faded beauty makes this such a powerful image Bill, I can well see why you would like it so much. The mindless destruction is so sad in a place where only the relatives of the dead will be hurt by this damage. It's a sad world at times. Keep up the good work with these very powerful thought provoking images my friend. I'm glad I found this.


Last Modified By Scottishlandscapes at 20 May 2011 - 7:41 AM
bliba  10 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2011 - 8:15 PM

great find and very well photographed

22 May 2011 - 1:15 PM

So, d!(kheads aren't confined to British cemetaries then?

What a great shame they didn't show the respect you so obviously have, especially since this is the grave of someone who gave their life so that they'd have the democratic right to be a d!(khead.


A very poignant image Bill


I love this one. Your presentation has made it very moving.


excellently composed & very nice tones

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