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January 31, 2007
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Canon EOS 5D
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Jan 28, 2007, 9:00:42 PM
For The Country by gilad For The Country by gilad

You born to it, to that legacy
You sing the songs, learn the history
You believe in your part in keeping it great
You don't ask what it can do for you, you do for her
You cherish its values, you fight for them, and you die
And after all that, it's not about you. It's about your country.


This was taken from the Arlington national cemetery, Washington D.C, where the tombs of the unknown soldiers are located. More than 300,000 people are buried at Arlington Cemetery. Veterans from all the nation's wars are buried in the cemetery, from the American Revolution through the Iraq and Afghanistan. The marbled names of the ones that put the country first.
In the background is the Washington monument (The obelisk). The tallest free standing masonry structure in the world, in honor of the first President of the United States, George Washington.
I wanted to get use the view of the Obelisk to create the point of view that shows the dialog of the ones that sacrificed themselves for the country. I used a Sigma 70-200 from a low angle to create that. The very shallow DOF is on purpose, so I could focus the Obelisk and blur the details of the graves, and making them all into a symbol and not actually the people that died.

This is a strong concept to me, though not American. I can sympathize with "fighting for your country" idea from my own background. Sometimes it feels dumb going to war as one of the soldiers, as a number, but sometimes that's the only thing that makes sense. This piece does not commend war, or critique it, it only honors the ones that were willing to fight for it.
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methowwolf Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ByChamallow Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good...It reminds me of when I saw the Omaha beach cemetery, in France, in Normandie...
minicoopermaverick Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! It's very touching!

Nobody prays for peace like a soldier.

But I'll be Damned if dieing without a fight!
gilad Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007  Professional Photographer
One shot, of course
userh6478 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007
I love your lines, pictures good, did you do this in one shot or what?
awsmdragonqueen Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2007
the comments here really turned into quite the mess. the picture however is genius, the perspective makes this shot. i'm afraid i'll have to fave it. ;)
macgerahty Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007  Professional Photographer
is that the full size monument, or is that the smaller, scaled down version?
FreedomsDreams Featured By Owner May 8, 2007   Writer
i think it's a very powerful piece, very perfect, looks like something that was photoshoped or something, and wow has it ever sparked a debate. i don't think it was meant to go against others at war helping. i actuall think that you could just look at it as a symbol, that everyone, no matter where from, goes to fight for a reason.
comicsaaaaaans Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Not exactly the best picture ever, but the story behind it is what makes it great. Thats why I love your photography, the fact that every photograph has a story behind it, whether or not it's a true one, it still has one, giving the picture meaning. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes, a thousand words can't even start to sum up a picture. I love your photography :D
vttiste Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
It's sooo true
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