Friday, January 14, 2011

Keeping Watch at Night

Night photography is not one of my favorite pastimes. I find it a particularly frustrating process. Getting the flash right, keeping the camera still to prevent blurring and setting up the composition so the subject is defined in spite of the darkness are the challenges (and irritations) of night photography.

However, there is something about this moment at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that I find captivating and haunting. Because it was taken at night, it captures how The Three Soldiers statue looks over the fallen Vietnam War brothers and sisters in spite of the darkness and absence of tourists. While we can't see the memorial wall in the distance, we know that is what they are watching, protecting. This image of the statue's gaze at night illustrates memorial designer's intention that at no time are the veterans whose names are etched on the wall are ever alone, unguarded or left behind.

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