Korean Digger by Tainia Finlay

Once in a while you meet someone out of the blue who you will remember for a very long time.

Jim was kind enough to let me poke my camera at him.

The few hours we spent were remarkable as are him & his beautiful smile. I loved hearing of his service from 1950 to 1954 in the Korean War as he spoke with humour & mateship of his friends.

I am against war as are so many of these men who were sent there without choice. The Korean War and those who served are much overlooked, not discussed .. yet they endured equally the same as the brave in WW1 in the trenches. I know Jim walked the front line regularly for eight weeks at a time.

Thank you for looking.

Canon Eos 50D
Canon EF 28-135mm lens
1/160 sec
ISO 200
Focul length 85mm

I have always been involved in photography and have worked as a professional for twenty years, moving to Australia from the UK eleven years ago.

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  • linifer
    liniferalmost 6 years ago

    Excellent portrait Tai!

  • Thanks heaps Lini, he was an utter joy to photograph & meet!

    – Tainia Finlay

  • Angelsmurf
    Angelsmurfalmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic work Tai

  • Thanks Ruthy, I much enjoyed the whole thing! I hope I did credit to him, a lovely man.

    – Tainia Finlay

  • Linda Ridpath
    Linda Ridpathalmost 6 years ago

    wow, so alive. fab portrait tai!! x

  • Many thanks Linda, I only popped round for a short while & was there for hours enjoying his company! xx

    – Tainia Finlay

  • handprintz
    handprintzalmost 6 years ago

    What a wonderful portrait, you do a lovely job of capturing ‘real’ people, and Jims face tells a great story, lovely work Tai xx

  • Thanks heaps Trudi for your inspiring comments & support xx

    – Tainia Finlay

  • gavinmag
    gavinmagalmost 6 years ago

    You did him justice Tai.

    I was a serviceman as you know and what you said was so very very true. Those that served in Korea were treated exactly like those that went ’Nam. They were ignored and never received the recognition they deserved.

    Just like ’Nam it was referred to, by the governments concerned, as a “Police Action” and not a war and so they were not recognised as"War" heroes.

    The fact that in both occasions they were using live rounds, people were being maimed and killed, just like in wartime, politics deprived them of the recognition they so well deserved.

    At least you have given Jim the recognition he deserves, well done.

  • Thank you ever so much Gavin, stirring words from you who know so well what it’s all about! Thank you very much.

    – Tainia Finlay

  • Daniela Weil
    Daniela Weilalmost 6 years ago

    Great portrait & story Tainia

  • Thanks everso Daniela, much appreciated.

    – Tainia Finlay

  • dougie1
    dougie1almost 6 years ago

    nice one tai!

  • Cheers dear dougles!

    – Tainia Finlay

  • shadyuk
    shadyukalmost 6 years ago

    Terrific Portrait !

  • Delighted you stopped by Shady & I appreciate your comments!

    – Tainia Finlay

  • Bradley Shawn  Rabon
    Bradley Shawn ...almost 6 years ago

    What a fabulous portrait. I feel that I could sit and listen to his stories for hours. The lighting is brilliant. Well captured my friend.

  • Thank you so much Bradly .. I initally popped in just for a few captures and was there for a few hours! Fascinating gentleman who was a pleasure to meet!

    – Tainia Finlay

  • David A. Everitt (aka silverstrummer)
    David A. Everi...almost 6 years ago

    Great Portrait of a geat soldier of 1950 – 1954 Korean War “The Forgotten War” is the nickname I think I did an old soldiers Memoirs of his experiences as he was captured and ill treated as a prisoner of war he was in the “Kings Hussars” nice guy unfortunately passed away about 8 years ago now. Brilliant Description and a favourite for me. – David xx

  • Thank you dear Mr Piglet! This war wasn’t on my school curriculum so I knew very little of it. I was quite embarrassed (sp) but came away with a lot of knowledge and more so respect for all those who were in it!

    – Tainia Finlay

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