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A Sobering Scene

Posted by
Jason Politte (Conway, AR, United States) on 29 August 2012 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

I've always thought national cemeteries conveyed the starkest of messages through the simplest of measures. This image is from the Little Rock National Cemetery.

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Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

superb use of light***

29 Aug 2012 6:37am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

A sobering image

29 Aug 2012 6:40am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

All those brave people who give their lives for others, as you say Jason a sobering image

29 Aug 2012 6:40am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

They never seem to be happy places, but I do find them fascinating. The names, the details of their families, when they dies etc. A real sense of history. War cemeteries, are of course in a different category-the stupidity of our leaders, and the bravery of our people

29 Aug 2012 7:16am

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

A great capture of the ultimate sacrifice for ones nation. It's amazing how looking at the little tomb stones and seeing how many they are and in so many locations that we don't learn any lessons. I shudder on the news every time I hear a soldier has been killed out in Afghan.

29 Aug 2012 7:58am

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

fantastic shot jason, vey nice

29 Aug 2012 7:59am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Agree 100%. Perfect title picture combination

29 Aug 2012 8:26am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

I agree completely with your description. Excellent framing that transmit so well this feeling.

29 Aug 2012 8:33am

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Très belle photo !! J'aime beaucoup ton cadrage !! bel hommage à tous ces hommes qui ont donnés leur vie pour notre liberté!!

29 Aug 2012 8:33am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

Brings life into perspective

29 Aug 2012 10:47am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

The lack of leaves on the trees adds to the starkness of the image! Nicely captured Jason! ;-)

29 Aug 2012 11:43am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

The simple repetition conveys a powerful message. Excellent image done with great sensitivity, Jason.

29 Aug 2012 11:54am

omid from mashhad, Iran

wow!
very nice & sobering!

29 Aug 2012 12:34pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

An excellent and poignant frame, Jason. Yes, these places are most eloquent.

29 Aug 2012 1:27pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Une très belle image émouvante, on ne peut s'empêcher de se souvenir de tous ces soldats tomber pour notre liberté. Bonne journée.

29 Aug 2012 1:29pm

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Still very impressive military cemeteries with thousands of cross aligned. A tribute to the men who died for our freedom.

29 Aug 2012 2:23pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Sehr gut im Licht.

29 Aug 2012 2:48pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

A superb framing .

29 Aug 2012 2:50pm

Calusarus from ST SORLIN EN VALLOIRE, France

A moving place…

29 Aug 2012 3:02pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Très bel hommage et compo sueprbe vue de ce cimetière avec les tombes béanches.
amitié

29 Aug 2012 3:12pm

Leigh from Northallerton, United Kingdom

It put things into perspective.

We all have to think ourselves very lucky. Nice capture.

29 Aug 2012 3:52pm

franz from Baden, Austria

one might call it "a terrible beauty" ... so photogenic, but so full of loss and tragedy and sorrow ...

29 Aug 2012 5:34pm

Universe from Tehran, Iran

Very nice and quite shot. Well done. Good luck !!

29 Aug 2012 5:42pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Your words are so precisely correct, in my view, Jason. Even as a vet myself, I find that visiting these cemeteries - which we do at least 3 or 4 times a year - can be, all at once, depressing and yet, in a way, uplifting. Depressing because of what Chris so aptly puts, and uplifting because I dream as I look... and I think of the spirits that are around me - those who wish they could be here but now must support us as they did in life with their valour and heroism and commitments and efforts...I see all these things as I wipe away a tear and breath a heavy sigh in these places...A tremendous image Jas.....Sorry I have not been around much...

29 Aug 2012 7:27pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thanks for dropping in, Denny. With you being a vet, I was hoping I would be privvy to your always insightful commentary regarding this photo. Excellent words, my man. Thanks again!

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Very emotive places to visit, wherever they are. Like soldiers lined up the headstones are a tangible memory to what they stood for in this life.

29 Aug 2012 7:56pm

ruthiebear from Titusville,NJ, United States

This is a very emotion evoking image. I also like the graphic it presents.

29 Aug 2012 8:16pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Very strong message in your photo ~ you can't help but feel something! Fantastic capture!

29 Aug 2012 8:54pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

It is an emotional scene, with it's own beauty and quietness.

29 Aug 2012 9:32pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Somehow the starkness of the image is hauntingly beautiful. My dad is being buried at Arlington National Cemetery next week. I am not sure how I am going to handle it.

29 Aug 2012 9:39pm

Ryan Hammond from Tucson, United States

Really nice capture, Jason.

29 Aug 2012 11:52pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Although I do not like at all the cemeteries, this scene is really sober and interesting and the large leafless trees are really fantastic ...

29 Aug 2012 11:56pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Having just been to the Santa Fe National Cemetery, it's sobering seeing just how many lives have been lost in the wars over the years. Your photo gives the same sense of numbers. Great work.

30 Aug 2012 2:44pm

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Well done !

30 Aug 2012 4:26pm

Retalls de Vida from Barcelona (Catalunya), Spain

triste pero impactante fotografia. Destaco, sobretodo, la sombra que cae encima de las lápidas del primer término. Preciosa
salut

9 Sep 2012 12:03pm