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60 Years on

By strawman
In the small Wiltshire town where I live the main road was shut and a special and quite moving remembrance service for D Day was held. Quite a mixed section of the town turned out for this event.

I photographed these old soldiers just after the service. I just like the pose of the two of them in the evening sun light.

I photographed it because I wonder how long such things will continue into the future.

It's my first attempt at such photography. Any hints, or thoughts?

Tags: Photo journalism

Voters: kelart, abtayler, ger mac and 19 more

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denian 15
5 Jun 2004 11:00PM
I like this John and agree with what you are saying, these people are special and live to tell us the stories, nice shot. Clicked.

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UserHasLeft 16 654
5 Jun 2004 11:08PM
These special men always make a photograph special because their eyes have the wisdom that only their particular experiences can produce. This is very nicely taken.
guzman 16 14 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2004 11:09PM
I have so much respect for them nice composition with the legion sign , repectful click
bikemad 16 87
5 Jun 2004 11:10PM
Lovely shot-you can only imagine what they were chatting about.Would love to get a shot of my grandfather like this-he was a para in the war.
nutz 15 45
5 Jun 2004 11:11PM
Very well captured. You can only feel respect.
tull 16 181 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2004 11:13PM
Great capture and tones, a picture paints a thousand words.
ger mac 16 62 Ireland
5 Jun 2004 11:15PM
great pic..very thought provoking pic..Well taken
abtayler 15 10
5 Jun 2004 11:16PM
Great picture, very respectful and quite heartfelt.

strawman 16 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2004 11:22PM
Thank you for your thoughts. I forgot to mention that they are sitting at the rear of the war memorial cross, an it is its shadow that cut across the Legion sign and wall at the rear.

Listening to some of these old soldiers today is quite humbling. How would we face what they have?
lovelylindax 16 16
5 Jun 2004 11:29PM
Well captured! Wish my Dad was still around to remember too
Linda x
G3 17 13 2 United States
5 Jun 2004 11:33PM
Keep them while they are still with us... You have done well
panokes 16 31 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2004 11:38PM
I can only echo Gerry's comments - Cheers Paula.
Tony_M 16 342 England
5 Jun 2004 11:49PM
A thoughtful and timely photograph. Good composition and exposure, and well-suited to b&w.
proberts 16 218 4 Wales
6 Jun 2004 12:07AM
excellently captured,very well done*click*
magda_indigo 16 418 England
6 Jun 2004 12:45AM
Superb image, great tones, good comp, well done, thanx, click (*:*)
sugarbird 15 223 South Africa
6 Jun 2004 3:48AM
Excellent and very touching shot, sparks emotion which is what good photographs should do!
daffydill56 16 190 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2004 6:31AM
A very moving and emotional shot,of two very proud and respected men.Well done.Click

andrewfyfe 16 64
6 Jun 2004 7:56AM
As you say we need these going forward. Good image

lobsterboy Plus
16 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2004 8:08AM
Well captured
6 Jun 2004 8:53AM
Very nice image John, you look at these gentlemen and wonder what is going through there minds right now. CLICK...
kelart 15 570
6 Jun 2004 3:14PM
my "click!" is mainly for the subject of your photo, as i've found people most interesting theme for a photography. personally i'd maybe use mask and dodge &burn few parts...
strawman 16 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2004 11:18AM
Kelart, I am always keen to try and improve, which bits would you dodge/burn?

I am inclined to darken the wall behind them any other bits?
15 Jun 2004 11:34AM
Super shot. I think you are right about the background though, a little darkening would work a treat. Klicked. K.
Just Jas Plus
18 26.3k 1 England
19 Jun 2004 12:00AM
I think that the picture is great and gives us all something to think upon.

My older brother (now sadly passed on) fought in this dreaded war, was wounded at Dunkirk, and fought on through Sicily and Italy.

My older sister's husband was lost in a Wellington bomber over Germany.

It is a great picture but I will not look at it again.

Phil-LS 16 632 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2004 11:15AM
Great shot it's one of those shots that in a few years time people can look back on as i bet there won't be many years left in most of these old Vet's.

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