Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Boldly Go

The United States Air Force Memorial and Honor Guard

Today's entry is for Benjamin and his dad, Kirk, who is stationed at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. I met Benjamin and his dad, along with his mom and sister, while I was out photographing the United States Air Force Memorial in Arlington this past weekend. Benjamin was intrigued by the angles and set-ups I was choosing and he and I had a lovely conversation.

Boldly Go...

I featured a couple of photos of this memorial earlier this summer, but it was a day of double entries and didn't get quite the play I'd hoped it would so I'm featuring new photos here today. I took nearly 100 shots of this memorial and, with each successive snap, I grew to like this modern tribute to our men and women in the Air Force. When it was first erected, I confess, I hated it. Thought it was a dog. A monstrosity. But, as I've spent time photographing it, I've gained a measure of respect and appreciation for it and now think it's a nice addition to the Washington area skyline. Aesthetics aside, it's a fitting tribute to the men and women who have and are protecting our nation's airways.

The USAF Memorial at Night : Timed Exposure : Tungsten Setting

To see my original entry about the United States Air Force Memorial, go here. To see a few more pictures, visit Standing Room Only. And, for even more photos of this new memorial, visit my galleries at ImageKind.

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 08/08

12 comments:

Virginia said...

I'm with Benjamin. I am also intrigued by the angles you choose. VERY well done. I am sorry I have missed this lovely memorial on previous visits.

Jim said...

Wow, amazing pictures. Very well done.

Coca Cutie said...

Very nice perspectives!

American Fork said...

Very fun photos to look at. I love the different lighting and perspectives. I enjoyed looking at all of your photos today.

Eki Akhwan said...

Striking pictures!

Is this a new memorial? I went once paid a visit to Arlington Heroes Cemetary in 2005 and did not see this one.

Jackie said...

These are stunning pictures. I'd love to see this memorial.

D.C. Confidential said...

VJ: Let's just say there was a lot of laying on the ground and hugging the monument and such.


Jim: Thank you!


Coca: Thanks. I was trying for more than just your typical vertical and horizontal shots.


AF: Thanks! Glad you stopped in.


Eki: Thank you! You would have missed this monument in 2005 because it was installed in 2006. Construction began in February 2006 and was completed in October of that year.


Jackie: Thanks! At certain times of the day, this is a very striking memorial. You'll have to come and check it out!

ft. lauderdale daily photo said...

You really did this memorial justice with these photos.

Maya said...

I'm wondering why you didn't like it at first... It seems quite beautiful from your great shots!

D.C. Confidential said...

Maya: When this memorial first went up it was (is) so minimalist compared to other monuments and memorials in D.C. Lincoln and Jefferson have memorials that have gravitas. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is evocative. The World War II Memorial is solid and massive. The Marine Corps Memorial is stirring. But the USAF Memorial, against all of those, just looked cheap and slap-dash. Over time, though, I've grown to like its uniqueness, especially at night or early in the morning. It's also a kind of neat when seen from across the Potomac River.

So, like I said, it's grown on me. But, oy vey. At first? Yucky!

Bernie said...

Wow, your photographs are spectacular! I especially like this series.

D.C. Confidential said...

Hey Bernie! Thanks! It was a fun series to shoot!