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    Standing at Silent Attention...
    Rows of empty soldier's boots serve as a shocking and painful reminder of the human cost of the Iraq War.

    I don't know which was more heartbreaking...the boots that looked as if they were well-worn, as if they had marched over miles of rigorous terrain, or the boots that looked brand new, barely out of the box with hardly a mark on them. Waves of utter sadness swept over me while positioning for this shot; the reality of lost lives represented in rows of empty soles...

    "Eyes Wide Open"...if this exhibition comes to your town, I highly recommend seeing it. Check out the website for exhibition locations & dates:

    Colorado State Capitol Building, Denver, CO

    Heptageniid, bgOliver, and 10 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Fib [deleted] 104 months ago | reply

      I remember visiting the american ww2 graves at madingley here in the UK, and the feeling of utter awfulness at the scale of the place...

      This is such a more direct and powerful image...

      well done for capturing this, Kelly..well done !

    2. canadia-eh 104 months ago | reply

      what a powerful image. I like the angle and the decision to make this BW.

      The World Through My Eyes

    3. 104 months ago | reply

      really powerful, composition , contrasts, meaning!

    4. Paul9373 104 months ago | reply

      A great and topical image - especially since the reported human cost of the war is being denied only today!

    5. nj dodge 104 months ago | reply

      Your image reminds me very much of this shot by Deborah Lattimore, if only for the geometry and the message.

      Oh boy, your experience....

    6. LucaPicciau 104 months ago | reply

      I'm impressed! Great capture.

    7. Panza Verde 104 months ago | reply

      Wow... Es una de las fotos ams impactantes que he visto...
      TE felicito!
      added to faves!

    8. Tim Burns, obmit 1 [deleted] 104 months ago | reply

      A chlling reminder of the human cost of this conflict.
      There would not be room for the shoes of the Iraqui dead.
      Great shot Kelly.

    9. Brentjp99 (completed) 104 months ago | reply

      Freedom always comes at a cost. It is one of the reasons we should value it more than we do. This is the sort of thing children should see, like the WWII memorials, and the independence ones too. They should know that good people fought and died for what they have.

      I do not know the background to this exhibit. I do not know if it is pro or anti war. Perhaps knowing one or the other would ruin the message that I prefer to take from it; and I have strong feelings on the subject that I don't want to go into in too great a detail.

      Save to say that I salute those who make this sacrifice, even if it may appear senseless, for a conflict that perhaps should not have been allowed to drag on so long. Nonetheless, it is about human nature, and our own existence. And gratitude for the good aspects of life.

    10. ArtByChrysti 104 months ago | reply

      Love this shot -- the story -- the emotion.

    11. Panza Verde 104 months ago | reply

      Creo que una vida humana no puede ser considerada un daño colateral o un costo.
      Me parece que estas imagenes muestran mas bien el precio de la estupidez.

      I believe that a human life cannot be considered a colateral damage or a cost. I find that these images show but well the price of the stupidity.


    12. inanutshell 104 months ago | reply

      This is so powerful and touching... Thanks for sharing Kelly.

    13. Robby Garbett [deleted] 103 months ago | reply

      like Tim Burns said, this tragic image is the tip of the most terrible tragedy caused by politicians and paid for by ordinary people
      "This American government--what is it but a tradition, though a recent one, endeavoring to transmit itself unimpaired to posterity, but each instant losing some of its integrity? It has not the vitality and force of a single living man; for a single man can bend it to his will. It is a sort of wooden gun to the people themselves."
      Henry David Thoreau 1849
      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    14. i eaт sтars 100 months ago | reply

      This is overwhelming. Amazing shot!

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