Alan Brown's picture

Interpretation of the Korean War Memorial

This is my take on the Korean War memorial in Washington DC. I see the memorial as fallen soldiers rising from the earth, searching for a way back home.

I'd love feedback on the impression this image evokes, and positives/negatives you feel really stick out and your personal comments in general (good OR bad gratefully received).

It is also available in my profile if you'd prefer to rate anonymously (that helps me understand how others feel).

Thanks!

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ruth carll's picture

Hi Alan, I love to shoot things like this and can really appreciate this interesting image. I think you achieved your goal as the image has a definite ghostly quality. The sculptor did a fabulous job creating a sense of movement in the individuals and then you did an equally great job giving the group movement.

At first, I wasn't sure that I liked the contrast decision.that gave the plants on the ground and background a washed out appearance but the more I look at it, it has grown on me as it adds to the surreal nature of the image.

I don't know if this would be a benefit or not but i would experiment with darkening the forest a little leading to the perception that it is night and the field is eeriely lit by its ghostly visitors. This would just be for giggles and I do think the image works as it is.

Thumbs up Alan!

Alan Brown's picture

Thanks Ruth. It was a conscious decision to drop the contrast and clarity on the shrubs an trees to better fit the story of the image.

Thanks for the suggestion of darkening the trees. I'll have to try that out and see how it changes the mage.

Alan Brown's picture

Do folks prefer this version?

ruth carll's picture

I do. What about you?

Alan Brown's picture

I'm not 100% sure but made a further slight edit and think I'll stick with this one; it will be interesting to see what the community thinks.

ruth carll's picture

You can edit your original posting so these can be side by side if you like. Just fyi - just learned this myself.

Alan Brown's picture

Thanks for the tip - I think that came from Chris, correct?
I have just updated.