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Self Portrait

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 30 May 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Since today is Memorial Day in the States, this image really should pull "double-duty" and allow me to give my grattitude to all the fallen soldiers of all the wars. Those who gave their lives so that we could indeed walk through a park or a city or even a cemetery and think of their sacrifices and bid a word of thanks to them for what they have done. So, Barbara and I did as we often do on days like this and we visited a local cemetery to pay tribute to our nation's deceist war veterans. All of them are heroes to me. I was lucky, very very lucky, I lost friends in Vietnam, but I came home in December, 1968 basically unscathed after a year in that war. Nowdays, our military women and men don't spend one tour, they have to spend two and sometimes three tours or more in their war zone assignments. I don't know how they do it, but I do know that anyone who has seen a war first hand wants no part of new wars...Yet, new wars keep coming.

My hope, as a Vietnam Veteran, is that we can put an end to war and truly work for peace . What dream could be more worthwhile? A dream that my grandchildren and yours can live in a world that is tolerant...for in my heart I believe that tolerance and respect for life is where it all begins.
I wish you peace!

OLYMPUS E-510 1/60 second F/11.0 ISO 200 89 mm

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

OLYMPUS E-510
1/60 second
F/11.0
ISO 200
89 mm

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