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Breadline - FDR Memorial

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 9 June 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

"I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished," was a statement made by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt during his second inaugural presidential address and is a statement featured prominently on one of the red granite walls of the Roosevelt memorial. Below that statement stands this sculpture by George Segal titled, "Breadline."

Behind the "breadline" and inscribed on the wall is the continuation of the above-referenced inaugural address where Roosevelt went on to say, "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."

Photo taken on May 5, 2010.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/80 second F/9.0 ISO 100 20 mm

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Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I really like your series Steven, the way you've presented it gives us the feeling of a conducted tour. I love that :)

9 Jun 2010 7:12am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

A touching monument; I hope it's not a prediction of the future.

9 Jun 2010 7:49am

foto-rolero54 from Charleroi, Belgium

Excellent bw Steven

9 Jun 2010 8:42am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Very impressive statue . Reminds me of my visit to Russia !

9 Jun 2010 1:17pm

Antoine from France

Superb capture and very nice b/W. Have a lovely afternoon Steven.

9 Jun 2010 1:44pm

Mahboubeh from Raleigh, United States

very Nice one steven ! I should come to chicago and speak Farsi with You :D

9 Jun 2010 4:30pm

@Mahboubeh: My translation must not have been so good with the comment I left on Mohsen's blog. :-(

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

These figures thru your series are used with such amazing conviction . . they have such presence !

9 Jun 2010 5:46pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I know all comparisons are "relative" but haven't we come a long way since then? Well, in the developed western economies.

I know that it's only a small line, symbolic, but you have portrayed it in a way to help us think and remember.

9 Jun 2010 6:00pm

@Curly: The one thing that never came to mind until after my return was to get a self-portrait by standing in line behind them.

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Great shot of this reference to the past.....

9 Jun 2010 7:48pm

Denise from Duncannon, United States

Fantastic catch, if people today could only imagine such hunger and the patience required to stand in line for hour.

9 Jun 2010 10:03pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An impressive sculpture and depressing to think what it means. Your capture is beautiful.

9 Jun 2010 11:40pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Beautiful shot! Tells the story well. Very impressive!

10 Jun 2010 3:03am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is sad because the lines continue to this day.

10 Jun 2010 4:05am

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

Another well composed image. I suppose its not too hard given the subject matter but still, angle is everything.

10 Jun 2010 3:34pm

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran

Steven,your words,in english or farsi,are very kind and beautifull,and I always love them and be glad to read your comment on my page :)

11 Jun 2010 12:31am

Céline from New York City, United States

Nice b&w !

11 Jun 2010 6:59pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

[ Just read your Response to Curly here ! Oh, man, that's a shot I want to see !! ]

12 Jun 2010 7:05am