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The Blank Stare

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 23 June 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Part of the Korean War Memorial includes 19 stainless steel statues designed by Frank Gaylord, each larger than life-size, between 7 feet 3 inches and 7 feet 6 inches tall; each weighs nearly 1,000 pounds. The figures represent a squad on patrol, drawn from each branch of the armed forces; fourteen of the figures are from the U.S. Army, three are from the Marine Corps, one is a Navy Corpsman, and one is an Air Force Forward Air Observer. They are dressed in full combat gear, dispersed among strips of granite and juniper bushes which represent the rugged terrain of Korea.

When walking around this memorial, I have to admit it was a bit haunting seeing these statues, this one in particular with his blank stare. And I could only think of what war did to these men.

Photo captured on May 5, 2010.

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Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I must be very strange to walk between these statues. The photo is very well realized and I really like your choice for the sepia tones ! Well done Steven :)

23 Jun 2010 6:33am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Great capture, no one will know what this soldier was thinking about..

23 Jun 2010 7:40am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Wonderful composition. Magnificent detail.

23 Jun 2010 7:52am

Denise from Pennsylvania, United States

These statues portray such emotion.

23 Jun 2010 10:22am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Great frame; Greta processing !

23 Jun 2010 1:30pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Nice tone.

23 Jun 2010 1:59pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

I understand your thoughts, these lively statues evoke strong feelings.

23 Jun 2010 3:08pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Excellent isolation of this particular part of the memorial; seeing the blank stare and wondering what's behind it brings this to a very human level of awareness.

23 Jun 2010 3:42pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Very nice toning, it helps to create the sombre mood needed when surrounded by these statues.

23 Jun 2010 4:34pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An excellent shot of this war weary fellow. This is such a fine monument.

23 Jun 2010 5:44pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Your feelings exactly match the ones I had when visiting this Memorial. It is an amazingly effective Memorial. Thank you for this, Steven.

23 Jun 2010 7:02pm

Antoine from France

Superb serie and beautiful photo. The composition is excellent. Have a good afternoon Steven.

23 Jun 2010 7:08pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

I feel like I am there, like I could reach out and touch him! This is Superb! Very nice work!

24 Jun 2010 3:58am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Worth meditating upon.

24 Jun 2010 4:27am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

So touching . . the sepia treatment works well for this, I think.

24 Jun 2010 7:37pm

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

Terrible.. you feel for this poor man.

25 Jun 2010 3:57am