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I want say that for me this image represents the larger world and the feelings of those who may not look upon our veterans with respect or who may not notice them at all. I appreciate my art much more for what it says to me now that I have lived and learned through our war.
Canon Powershot G3; 1/100; f/4.0; no flash; center weighted avg
Color photograph of a combat war veteran sitting outside a coffee shop in Seattle, Washington.
An onlooker glances over her shoulder with a look I personally find offensive in that she appears (and appearances can be deceiving) that she has some sort of issue with this man, this hero, this person, this human who fought for his country and is now sitting outside a fancy coffee shop holding the American flag on a hot summer day.
He appears to be what some may call a homeless person but appearances can be deceiving.
He is a combat war veteran and he fought for my country, he fought for the United States of America.
He is a human being and he has given so much, sacrificed so much and received so little for all that he has done.
I took this photograph of him, this war soldier, with his permission, I interrupted his coffee break and his time to rest-as I composed my shot of a person who I had never met before, his relaxed and gentle manner and kindness apparent—in the background happened to walk by the other person who I believe truly speaks of a much larger message which I did not intend to capture but it was there and it happened and here it is for you to see and to witness as I did just as I captured his gentle, peaceful image.