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Memorial Day and The World Turned Sideways

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 25 May 2014 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

The slanted angle of this image was intended as a conceptual piece. Later, as I began to edit the image, the sense I had from this composition pushed my mind into a serious zone. I began to think about how the world is today - certainly, how my county has become in its halls of government. Everything seems to be turning sideways, just like this image.

This is Memorial Day weekend here in the U.S.. And as my mind was racing, I thought about all those brave warriors who fought for us, but never returned home. I thought about how the world must change so harshly for the families and loved ones who suddenly find themselves in a sideways world, facing the loss of a family member who paid the ultimate sacrifice For those who died...the world is no more. It becomes entrusted to their families and the rest of us. We must recognize and praise these sacrifices.

Meanwhile, as men and women fight and die in the service of our country, I see politicians in our capital and in our states and local governments, clamor against each other, bicker and call each other names, criticize and challenge each other's patriotism. In many cases,the non-Veterans are the accusers while the true veterans, many suffering from life-changing loss of limbs or other wounds, are accused of being unpatriotic. There is no respect or courtesy or civil discourse - only bitterness and disrespect. I see it every day. The world has turned sideways for all of us when this happens.

I say this is NOT what our fallen heroes fought for...and it is CERTAINLY not what any of us should tolerate!

To honor our war dead and return dignity and respect to our world, and to Memorial Day, I believe we must gather our senses and try to exercise respect for each other and work together. We owe it to those who fought and died so that we can indeed have these debates and disagreements.... but all with a COMMON goal of trying to make this a level world, not a slanted one. Civil discourse and courtesy in the halls of our congress and government seems to have all but disappeared.

In memory of all our fallen warriors , and to honor their sacrifice, I pray that we consider these thoughts.

NIKON D800 1/500 second F/11.0 ISO 200 44 mm (35mm equiv.)

** 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

NIKON D800
1/500 second
F/11.0
ISO 200
44 mm (35mm equiv.)

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