Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ghostly View

I started my morning today with a quick stroll on the National Mall for a photo project I'm working on, and discovered a new photo perspective at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. I've always loved that the material used for the wall acts as a mirror, reflecting the image of the people looking at the names on its surface. It was an innovative way for the memorial's architect Maya Lin to humanize the monument and make it a more personal experience for visitors. We, or our loved ones, could easily have been names on this wall.

Since it was too early for tourists to be visiting the wall this morning, I got an unobstructed view of the wall's reflection and noticed that it can reflect the landscape around it as well. What a haunting way to see the trees on the National Mall and the Washington Monument. And yet, even while admiring the reflected vista, you can still see the thousands of names etched on the black granite and not miss the impact of its solemn tribute.

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