Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Looking Through Me

Seems like he's looking through you, right? That's what I thought too when I visited the Korean War Veterans Memorial last year. The intensity of his stare is so unsettling and compelling. There's something about this Army Rifleman, which drew me spend a lot of time studying  him that morning. If I were to create a story to accompany this image, it would be that during patrol, he heard something near him and turned to discover me there with my camera. His look is sizing me up, determining if my presence is a threat to the squad. He keeps his gun at the ready, just in case I make any wrong moves. Thankfully, for both of us, my admiration is not dangerous.


  1. I must ask...do you know what position this soldier is in accordance to in the memorial?? To me it looks like position 16 which (I was told) was supposed to be my grandfather. This is such an amazing picture and I am so glad I was able to come across it :)

    1. Based on this Army website about the Korean War Memorial (http://www.nab.usace.army.mil/projects/WashingtonDC/korean.html), this solider is in position 16. I'm glad that you like the photograph, especially if it was based on your grandfather.