Montparnasse IV

By woolybill1
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."

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morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
19 May 2011 9:42AM
Powerful thought provoking shot Bill, great textures and tones and so well composed and captured.


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AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
19 May 2011 10:11AM
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.
Richsr 11 91 223 England
19 May 2011 10:31AM
Sad and poignant too Bill, well seen.
Regards Richard
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
19 May 2011 10:49AM
Very beautiful capture, Bill, like how the chain frames it around the base Smile
Trev Smile
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
19 May 2011 11:26AM
The components of this image hang together so well. Nicely seen.
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
19 May 2011 11:54AM
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 11 3 8 Scotland
19 May 2011 12:26PM
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 1:21PM
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,
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
19 May 2011 3:25PM
Thought provoking Bill. There are some Mindless people still living...I just hate vandalism.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
19 May 2011 3:37PM
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
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
19 May 2011 3:48PM
A sobering image Bill nicely captured. It defies belief that people can vandalise the grave of somebody who fought to keep them free.
LexEquine 12 19 United States
19 May 2011 3:56PM
Artistic image frame, Bill, with excellent light, color, tones, & pin-sharp clarity and depth. Very attractive image presentation of a 'solemn moment in time.'

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MilanaG 12 Bulgaria
19 May 2011 4:30PM
I've just looked at this interesting and unusual place for your your view point in every shot in this set.Like all of them and this one is my favorite.
Suehh 11 39 6 England
19 May 2011 7:03PM
An image that definitely tells a story - I think you have achieved what you set out to do.
PhillipMinnis 8 94 4 Australia
20 May 2011 5:12AM
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.

bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
20 May 2011 8:15PM
great find and very well photographed
davey_griffo 9 213 165 England
22 May 2011 1:15PM
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.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
22 May 2011 4:54PM
A very poignant image Bill
SandraKay Plus
11 233 4 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2011 10:08AM
I love this one. Your presentation has made it very moving.
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
11 Jun 2011 5:40AM
excellently composed & very nice tones

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