Lest We Forget - 'Sacrifice' by Trish Woodford

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Lest We Forget – ‘Sacrifice’

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Probably one of the most poignant and evokative sculptures I’ve seen. Didn’t want to enhance this via textures etc as I felt it should stand on its own out of respect. Not for sale – images from inside the memorial cannot be used for commercial purpose without consent.
Info below – it explains alot more about the controversial sculpture.

The ANZAC War Memorial is Sydney’s main commemorative military monument.
The main focus of the interior is Rayner Hoff’s monumental bronze sculpture (Sacrifice) of a deceased youth, representing a soldier, held aloft on his shield by three female figures, representing his mother, sister and wife. The male figure’s nudity was considered shocking at the time of the monument’s opening, and it is said to be the only such representation of a naked male form within any war memorial.

Designed by C. Bruce Dellit, completed in 1934 and adorned with monumental figural reliefs and sculptures by Rayner Hoff it is arguably the finest Art Deco public building in Australia.

The memorial is located at the southern extremity of Hyde Park on the eastern edge of Sydney’s central business district, and it is the focus of commemoration ceremonies on ANZAC Day, Armistice Day and other important occasions.

Camera – Nikon D90
Lens 55-200mm
Mostly as is – very minor adjustments to contrast, tone etc.


  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 4 years ago

    fantastic composition here, Trish. The end of that stake(?) where it appears really draws my eye toward the figures’ faces… beautifully done

  • Hey Maureen, thanks so very kindly – this statue really moves me, having a son myself (who godwilling will never have to go to war) the thought of the mother, sister and wife carrying the dead soldier is just so evokative – this is just one angle, its an incredible work of art. Always really appreciate your take Maureen, thanks again :)

    – Trish Woodford

  • Jean M. Laffitau
    Jean M. Laffitauover 4 years ago

    An excellent shot and great composition of a brilliant and strong piece of art!!

  • Thanks so very kindly Jean, it is a truly incredible piece of art – this is just one angle, the one I thought most poignant :)

    – Trish Woodford

  • Vitta
    Vittaover 4 years ago

    Magnificent work!!

  • Thanks so very kindly Vitta :)

    – Trish Woodford

  • Silvia Ganora
    Silvia Ganoraover 4 years ago

    Stunning! Thanks for the interesting infos

  • Thanks so much Silvia :)

    – Trish Woodford

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago


  • Cheers Scott :)

    – Trish Woodford

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 4 years ago

    Beautiful POV Trish… your photography skills are amazing! She is just one ball of talent aren’t you?!! SO lucky that we know you now, before you get famous!!! hehehehe! :))

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgeover 4 years ago

    Masterful composition and use of light here Trish. You kept to it’s most simple yet dramatic elements. I agree, this stands on it’s own and I would suspect the artist would be pleased with your strong interpretation of his work. Well done!

  • Such a lovely thing to say Richard, thanks for the very kind words :)

    – Trish Woodford

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 4 years ago

    wonderful impact you have captured:)

  • Thanks a bunch Tina :)

    – Trish Woodford

  • Cordelia
    Cordeliaover 4 years ago

    You’ve captured the poignancy of this statue beautifully Trish. Gorgeous tones help do it justice :)

  • Thanks for the very lovely word Cordelia :)

    – Trish Woodford

  • wildone
    wildoneover 4 years ago

    fantasic a fave

  • Thanks heaps :)

    – Trish Woodford

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