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Manzanar - Part 1 - The Internment of US Citizens

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 7 January 2013 in Documentary & Street.

In 1942, during the paranoia that followed the attack on Pearl Harbor, The United States Government released an order to detain more than 110,000 Japanese - Americans and place them in designated internment camps in California and throughout the United States. This is a view of Manzanar which was one of those camps. It ies along US-395 along the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. US-395 is the same route that many of us use to access the iconic and beautiful settings that we see in our phootographs: The Ancient Bristlecone Pines and Mt Whitney being just a few of those.

During a trip to this area in 2007, Barbara and I stopped at this historic location to observe some of the darker sides of American history and legacy.

The text visible in the top left image of the collage, is "magnified" and shown in the top right image. The bottom right image is a layout of the original camp whish as you can see was quite extensive. The camp exhisted from 1942 through 1945. The bottom ight collage photo is an auditorium that was buit by interned Japanese-American citizens...The building later became a building used by a local high school and civic groups.

My goal of this short series is to remind us, what things such as fear, racism. hatred, paranoia, and intolerance can evoke. I will post a few more images, mostly of print and duplicated photographs. I will also explain a bit more about the affects and events of the internment of Japanese in the US during World War II.

** 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