Monday, March 15, 2010

WWII Vets Heading to Washington

Boston, MA 031010 MA state troopers escort 35 New England WWII veterans who took part in a send-off ceremony at the AA terminal at Logan International Airport on March 9, 2010. The group was heading to Washington, DC to visit the WWII War Memorial as part of a national initiative to honor members of the military. The event was timed to match the premier of the new HBO/ Tom Hanks miniseries"The Pacific." (Essdras M Suarez) WHAT I WAS THINKING: I approached this assignment with the idea in mind of a multiple- photo essay. Thus, the use of wide and telephoto lenses. A great photo editor of mine, Janet Reeves of the now defunct Rocky Mountain News, would always tell me: "think wide, medium and tight shots." Notice the low angle from which I shot the vets walking toward me. Also the layering in the photo with the detail on the T-shirt on the foreground where your eye keeps noticing new information within the frame. The photo of the young navy man and the Pearl Harbor survivor exemplified generational history. The detail of the b&w image surrounded by American flags is what I would consider an iconic detail. The vets flanked by American flags is an impactful image because of the low angle which exploits symmetry,infinity perspective and layering.

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