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30 Days of Photos - #6 - Tragedy


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When I think of tragedy my mind often wanders to the ravages of war. I mean the number of soldiers who have fallen in wars around the world is astronomical and, to me at least, tragic. In downtown Ottawa we have the National War Memorial, a constant reminder to the lives lost through war.

The memorial features 23 bronze figures, representing people who fought in the First World War, emerging from a memorial arch, moving from war into peace. 

If only. 

Completed in 1938, it was rededicated in 1982 to include the Second World War and the Korean War.

I can't pass this memorial without feeling sad. The fact that the day was overcast when I took this picture seems quite fitting.

Comments

Kristen said…
I love the idea of moving from war to peace. If the US did this, that arch would span 3 buildings. Nice photo. Truly tragic.
BERNADETTE CALLINAN said…
i feel like that at the War Memorial in canberra
nonamedufus said…
The memorial was one thing but the weather that day really added to my sense of sadness over the tragedy of war.
Cheryl P. said…
Ditto on the "If Only"

War memorials make me sad as well. The sacrifices made for causes that keep emerging over and over. Very poingnant picture, Dufus.
nonamedufus said…
Here's what the entire memorial looks like...
I like the angle you used for the first photo better. It's like they're walking out a door. I almost thought it was on the side of a building...as if they were walking out of a hospital maybe.
Nora Blithe said…
Ok, now I feel slightly shallow about my post for the day. An empty cat bowl my indeed be tragic to Ernie but it doesn't even compare to the men and women who have died in war over the centuries.
nonamedufus said…
Oh it was always my intention to use the "partial" pic. It's unfortunate it was so cold that day. I could have taken a little more time to frame the thing a little better.
nonamedufus said…
It's all in people's definition of tragedy, isn't it. Some people might think a hungry cat's a tragedy. Not me, mind you, but some. Did you pick up on the fact that cats and I just don't get along?
Nora Blithe said…
Yes but if you knew Ernie in person you might make an exception. He's made a lot of converts in his time.

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nonamedufus said…
I already have a cat, Nora. I know all there is to know about cats. More than I need to know, actually.
Linda Medrano said…
Really a gorgeous photo of the Memorial. Really beautiful and very touching!
I love the photo. On the one hand you can't see a lot of the Memorial (or so I imagine, having not seen it) but what you have framed definitely captures it perfectly, despite my not seeing it.
nonamedufus said…
Thanks, Linda. The real beauty comes from the guy who designed the memorial. I just took the picture.
nonamedufus said…
Thanks, Mo. My efforts worked then.
Ziva said…
Oh dufus, you did such a great job on this one. The photo is beautiful, and the subject is just so tragic. War really is the most evil thing man's ever created.
Cheryl said…
Not only is this a great photo, you've photographed tragedy at its very worst.
nonamedufus said…
Coming from you, Ziva, that's high praise, indeed. Thank you.
nonamedufus said…
Thanks, Cheryl. Like I said earlier, when you've got the right stuff to work with it makes a big difference. I just took the picture.
Mikewj said…
I cannot see war as heroic, although it requires heroism, but only as tragic because people die. When my son, Gabe, was about 3 or 4, I dreamt one night that he'd gone to war and used his athletic skills to save his fellow soldiers, sacrificing his own life in the process. I awoke panicked and tearful, and haven't forgotten the dream some 14 or 15 years later. I hope he doesn't join the military, but he's at the prime age, and who knows?
nonamedufus said…
I think as parents we all go through that thought process, or in your case dreams, about the mortality of our kids. Kids shouldn't die before their parents. And there's something inherently unfair that they get sent off to war where those chances increase markedly.
meleahrebeccah said…
That is a tragedy.

And... "The fact that the day was overcast when I took this picture seems quite fitting." yes, indeed.
laughing mom said…
Wow. That is very powerful.
nonamedufus said…
Thanks, Meleah.
nonamedufus said…
People seem genuinely quite taken by this photo. I'm pleasantly surprised. Here's a little more info... http://www.cdli.ca/monuments/on/nationalwar.htm
laughing mom said…
Thanks. I checked the link and it is a very inspiring memorial.
00dozo said…
I love the silhouette aspect of this photo. It's quite striking and it makes the figures almost appear alive while alluding to the sad memories that they will carry with them.

Powerful, indeed.

;-)
nonamedufus said…
I always like to know the history or inspiration behind things. It's interesting.
nonamedufus said…
Thanks, 00dozo. Lucky shot, I guess.
Kristen said…
Dang. I so commented on this yesterday, but it isn't showing. Anyway - great photo and great concept. My comment said something about if this was in the USA - it would span 3 buildings....

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