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four score and seven years ago by Christopher  Ewing

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One of the things I made sure I saw while in Washington DC, was the Lincoln Memorial. He was my most favorite president, have always loved hearing the history of his term as president. I had just got a few good shots of Lincoln’s famous Gettyburg’s Address using my tripod, when a guard approached me and told me tripods werent allowed. Of course I was surprized at the order to not use my tripod. I found out later they are tripod paranoid in Washington DC, if you go around the White House, the secret service will be all over you, however, you can take as many shots as you want without a tripod, guess they dont know about Image Stablelization lens? shhhhh

The main reason I am posting this particular shot, is because I think Lincoln would have a huge smile on his face, knowing that after a 120 years, this country has finally set aside it’s racial issues, and went for what they feel is the right man for the job of being the country’s president. I am so proud of this country setting aside differences and insisting on change. This country hasnt done that well in quite a few years, so the old way of doing things obviously doesnt work as it might have about 75 years ago. We all have changed, and it was time things with our government and our outlook at other ethnic groups changed also. We are made to be different, and I feel our goal in life is to accept others for their differences and respect those differences. We dont have to always agree, but we should always respect another for who or what they are.
So America, and the rest of the world, we have Finally grown up, looked past the color of skin or the faith of another, and are ready to move forward.
I am very proud of the vote I was able to cast in this year of 2008, and President Lincoln, I salute you for trying to accomplish this over 120years ago, I am glad that the country you loved and ruled has finally grown up and now is moving in the direction you attempted to take us 120years ago.
Best if viewed larger.

This is the Gettyburg’s Address (source)

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met here on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But in a larger sense we can not dedicate – we can not consecrate – we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled, here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but can never forget what they did here.

It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

I shot this using SS priority, SS at 1/50, Fstop at F1.8, ISO at 100, Exposure comp at 0, and focal length at 50mm.


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  • navybrat
    navybratalmost 6 years ago

    brilliantly presented!!

  • Victoria Jostes
    Victoria Jostesalmost 6 years ago

    well done, chris!

  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryalmost 6 years ago

    The tears of joy on the faces of those in the crowd on that night in Chicago spoke of the realization of the dream.

    There is celebration here in this place, and there is celebration in the afterlife. All the Founding Fathers, the great leaders, the men and women who believed in equality and justice, are celebrating with us Christopher.

    Thank you for posting this image and for your words of hope and encouragement.

  • lianne
    liannealmost 6 years ago

    No matter what one’s political views are or whether the outcome of the election was as one wished it to be, I hope all Americans see this as a singular, defining moment for our country, will commit themselves to working together for appropriate change, will rally behind the men and women and the President soon to be inaugurated and charged with the awesome responsibility for the nation’s welfare. It is therefore “for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on.” Because the work of safeguarding freedom, the common good, the general welfare is never done and as Lincoln also said “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” All men and women ARE created equal and we’ve still work to do! Thank you for this Christopher – your commentary and this image are a poignant reminder and a fine challenge for us all.

  • Angel Perry
    Angel Perryalmost 6 years ago

    Love your POV! Awesome!

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRosealmost 6 years ago

    Very moving piece…………..beautiful!

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRosealmost 6 years ago

    Very moving piece…………..beautiful!

  • dc witmer
    dc witmeralmost 6 years ago

    nice job Chris

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragheralmost 6 years ago

    well done

  • DesImages
    DesImagesalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot! I like the text explaining the significance to you as well. It really shows how meaningful this still is today.

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