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2012-06-01 10:17:48 AM

BullBearMS: Tastycle: I don't think the metric should be that the image makes you cry or feel sad but that it invokes a powerful emotion.

Have you noticed that the topic is photos that make the room all dusty?

Speaking of photos that make the room dusty, here is a Pulitzer prize winning series of photos of a mother in the process of loosing her child to cancer.

Be sure to turn on the captions, and you have never cried so much over a series of static images in your life.


Why the fark do I keep clicking on these... Jesus.

I mean... Good pictures.
 
2012-06-01 10:18:38 AM
www.pbs.org
What about the last performance of Ruby and the Oswalds?
 
2012-06-01 10:24:51 AM

BullBearMS: Tastycle: I don't think the metric should be that the image makes you cry or feel sad but that it invokes a powerful emotion.

Have you noticed that the topic is photos that make the room all dusty?

Speaking of photos that make the room dusty, here is a Pulitzer prize winning series of photos of a mother in the process of loosing her child to cancer.

Be sure to turn on the captions, and you have never cried so much over a series of static images in your life.


That broke me.
 
2012-06-01 10:25:18 AM
awesome how in 16 the mother is "comforting" the son... who cant be bothered to stop texting.
 
2012-06-01 10:28:13 AM
SWEET!! you can see up the dress of the woman in 25
 
2012-06-01 10:31:23 AM
I didn't click, is the first pics from the death camps in there? That one gets me every time.

I don't need any more crying today. I just sent my daughter off this morning to her first ever sleep away camp. That's enough for one day.

Thanks anyway, subby.
 
2012-06-01 10:35:53 AM

I eat mop: #10.

It gives me hope that religion can actually bring something positive into the world... and then I remember what dicks humans are when they feel they have the omniscient on their side.


Humans can and will be vile even after the only hint of religion is in dusty history books.

Sociopaths have no need of a belief in manifest destiny to be what they are. Hatred and greed require no religious justification. Nor does a lack of religion reduce the potential for violence.

That doesnt lessen the evils commited in the name of god.
 
2012-06-01 10:36:54 AM

BullBearMS: Have you noticed that the topic is photos that make the room all dusty?


The title references "powerful photographs." Ones that make you cry are but a subset of that.
 
2012-06-01 10:39:11 AM
Needs more silly...

i174.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-01 10:46:31 AM

Bathia_Mapes: coco ebert: Oh, please. I lost it at #8.

I didn't even make it that far before I was crying. #6 did me in.

Beautiful set of photos, subby. Great find.


Yeah, I started tearing up at #6 too. Great pics, subby!


/no Kent State shootings pic with the runaway girl crouching over one of the victims?
 
2012-06-01 10:53:59 AM

The Envoy: BullBearMS: Tastycle: I don't think the metric should be that the image makes you cry or feel sad but that it invokes a powerful emotion.

Have you noticed that the topic is photos that make the room all dusty?

Speaking of photos that make the room dusty, here is a Pulitzer prize winning series of photos of a mother in the process of losing her child to cancer.

Be sure to turn on the captions, and you have never cried so much over a series of static images in your life.

That broke me.


If that series of photos doesn't lead to some full on boo hoo action, then I don't want to know the person doing the viewing.

One of the ways to define a person as being a psychopath is that they are incapable of putting themselves in the place of others or empathizing with other people's emotional state.

If you can cry over another person's joy or pain, you're a better person for it.
 
2012-06-01 10:55:54 AM

mytdawg: Needs more silly...

[i174.photobucket.com image 600x398]



My son used that pic as the backdrop for his triops tank.
 
2012-06-01 10:57:03 AM
Even with Subby's warning, and already having been deeply affected by many of the pictures (the mist arrived at #8)... #36 hit me like a ton of bricks. I was definitely tenderized by the elation in the background woman's face as she realized she'd been liberated from the death train, the dog pictures, the rescued baby, you name it, but I actually had to skip 36 quickly and come back.

I don't know if anything affects me as deeply as the presentation of the flag at a military funeral. All the sacrifice of a military family coalesced into one folded, triangular bundle of cloth bestowed upon those that didn't volunteer in the first place. I don't know how the Arlington Honor Guard does it, though it makes sense that they use such junior guys for the detail... they hopefully don't understand.

And then someone posted the photo essay of the child dying of cancer. Additional tons of bricks.

I am left wondering where dad was, which added a black soup of rage to the sorrow.
 
2012-06-01 11:00:25 AM

ansius: I saw this the other day on the NYtimes blog site. I agree with the author, this image gets me.



click here for back story, it pops


Gee thanks.... My kids are around. They don't understand 'dust.'
 
2012-06-01 11:01:06 AM
For me it has been and likely always will be this one:

farm4.static.flickr.com

Something about the look on the fireman's face and the tiny little socks.
 
2012-06-01 11:03:04 AM
No. 13 (the boy reaching for his father marching off to war) always gets me. My father was about the same age as the boy in the picture and his dad (who was in the RCAF) was killed in 1942. He never really got over the loss.
 
2012-06-01 11:11:58 AM

Blues_X: mytdawg: Needs more silly...

[i174.photobucket.com image 600x398]


My son used that pic as the backdrop for his triops tank.


That would be very cool. I find a lot of dog pictures convey bemusement, wonderment or just plain adoration. Can't say if it's real or imagined but I'm quite drawn to even the simplest of them.

i174.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-01 11:14:53 AM

Warthog: For me it has been and likely always will be this one:

[farm4.static.flickr.com image 394x500]

Something about the look on the fireman's face and the tiny little socks.


That one is tough.
 
2012-06-01 11:17:30 AM
Sgt Graunke, who was a member of a Marine ordnance-disposal team, lost a hand, leg, and eye while defusing a bomb in Iraq in July of 2004.

On a purely technical note, shouldn't it say "while attempting to defuse a bomb?"
 
2012-06-01 11:30:42 AM
#36
 
2012-06-01 11:31:38 AM

lobotomy survivor: Sgt Graunke, who was a member of a Marine ordnance-disposal team, lost a hand, leg, and eye while defusing a bomb in Iraq in July of 2004.

On a purely technical note, shouldn't it say "while attempting to defuse a bomb?"


The bomb ended up without a fuse. He defused it. The hard way.
 
2012-06-01 11:32:36 AM

RexTalionis: [johnkary.net image 439x596]

And, of course, there's my favorite picture of them all.


Came for pale blue dot. Leaving satisfied.

None of us will ever know the feelings of the people in #8. Or at least I hope we never do.
 
2012-06-01 11:35:33 AM
This is definitely a bookmark. Can't really load the page on my phone, but just the ones linked in these comments got me all sentimental.
 
2012-06-01 11:37:26 AM
I got to picture 21 before the dust brought me low
 
2012-06-01 11:38:24 AM

Blues_X: My son used that pic as the backdrop for his triops tank.


weirdly, I just made that pic my PCs wallpaper, and have a new dish 'o Triops to the immediate right of the screen.



/CSB
//Triops are badass.
 
2012-06-01 11:39:35 AM
i.chzbgr.com

Even my momma sez I ain't right.
 
2012-06-01 11:39:53 AM
28 did me in. There is almost too much emotion for a simple photograph to capture.

31 was also interesting, if only because it was taken leading up to one of my favorite photoes, Tank Man (#30)
 
2012-06-01 11:43:07 AM

BullBearMS: Tastycle: I don't think the metric should be that the image makes you cry or feel sad but that it invokes a powerful emotion.

Have you noticed that the topic is photos that make the room all dusty?

Speaking of photos that make the room dusty, here is a Pulitzer prize winning series of photos of a mother in the process of loosing her child to cancer.

Be sure to turn on the captions, and you have never cried so much over a series of static images in your life.


Watching someone you love die of cancer is something I would never wish on my worst enemy. I lost one of my best friends last year to cancer, he was 23. Started out as melanoma and spread to his bones, lungs, and brain. He was doing great with his cancer treatments, until one day while leaving for a checkup, he fell, and his leg shattered. That was enough for his body to just give up fighting the cancer. The rapid decline after that and up to his death was extremely painful. Being such close friends with him and his wife (they were there as support for me through my divorce), I drove her up to the hospice every single day, so she wouldn't have to worry about driving. I remember him making me promise him that she would always have something to laugh about (I'm the 'comedian' of our circle of friends), and that I would look out for her. A few days later, he died. I got the call at 5:30am, and knew immediately what the call was about. I cried for about an hour or so.

The funeral was simple, and beautiful. I helped carry him to his final services. Afterwards, we had a wake for him in the same place he and his wife were married. It was a lot of remembering the good times, some of his movie posters were there, his lego collection, various other things he loved. I'll never forget the speech one of our friends gave us, and right in the middle of the speech, at the most tear jerker part of it, my phone goes off with a random weather warning. I had put it on silent, but I like to thing that was his doing, trying to break up the sadness. It worked, especially when his wife called out "Thanks, Reid, for breaking that up".

I'm still very close to his wife, and we hang out a lot, I am thankful for her dipping her toes back in the dating pool. I like the guy she is currently seeing, he's a good man. And he's incredibly respectful of the pain she went through.

But yeah, cancer? I wouldn't wish that on anyone.
 
2012-06-01 11:46:31 AM

Thunderboy: JohnCarter: I'll just leave this here

(IwoJima.jpg)

Learning that that photo was staged kind of bummed me out.


No it wasn't; it was just the second flag that was raised that day. As Rosenthal once said, "If I was going to stage it, I would have had them all facing the camera."

And my contribution - another use of the American Flag:

enticingthelight.com

The Soiling Of Old Glory
 
2012-06-01 12:00:54 PM
Some great pictures in the list, Subby. Great find!

#28, #33, #36 all rip my heart out.

Some even better ones in this thread. Man, it's dusty as hell in here.
 
2012-06-01 12:08:18 PM
Late to the party but that was some weapons grade dust there subby.
 
2012-06-01 12:14:37 PM
CSB

November 10, 2008. St. Joseph, Missouri - Long backstory short, a whack job with 5 or so guns, several pounds on ammo strapped to his body, and some unknown axe to grind started walking down one of the main streets in town, randomly shooting people. He was shot square in the forehead, but only after wounding 3 people and killing a young police officer. No one had any clue who this guy was.

I was married to an editor at the local paper at that time, and I remember going to the newsroom that night to bring the staff coffee while they reworked the entire paper. There was a HUGE debate over one particular, gruesome, and amazing photograph a senior photog got: Moments after the cops delivered the kill shot to insane gunman, a pic got snapped. Gumman's lying, eyes open, seemingly staring squarely at the camera by intention, full ammo still strapped to him, single, perfectly placed bullet hole square in the forehead, mouth open, and serenely framed in a grassy yard with full autumn colors blazing around the greenish grass. The normalcy and stillness of the surroundings played off the (Now dead) man's stillness, and the utter violence that wrapped him up was jarring and surreal.

He had no ID on him at the time he was taken down, and no one had any idea who he was. The paper's decision was made to run the grizzly pic, but in black and white, mainly because, at that point, there was no clue who this guy was, and the hope was that the pic could at least bring out a friend or relative to help ID the psycho. But, it wasn't kept quiet that it was a helluva good photograph. The morning's paper was delivered, and the pic helped determine that insane gunman's name was William E. Lattin Jr.

That pic still sends chills up my spine when I think about it.
 
2012-06-01 12:17:00 PM
Something is missing from this thread... Oh yeah...


i174.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-01 12:18:02 PM
Only made it thru it 13 before the dust had to be cleared
 
2012-06-01 12:22:33 PM
i174.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-01 12:28:02 PM
Would also be remiss without some Arbus.

i174.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-01 12:28:19 PM
#2 gave me a good kick in the slats.
 
2012-06-01 12:32:00 PM

cockrock2000:

i46.tinypic.com

The Soiling Of My Reg Grundies

~

i48.tinypic.com
 
2012-06-01 12:38:09 PM
32 got me right in the face
 
2012-06-01 12:39:18 PM
I was doing pretty well until 28. And then 36 sealed my fate.

Seeing kids cry is one thing. But seeing a kid try very hard to be stone-faced and strong and not cry is what really kills me.
 
2012-06-01 12:53:16 PM

WarszawaScream: I was doing pretty well until 28. And then 36 sealed my fate.

Seeing kids cry is one thing. But seeing a kid try very hard to be stone-faced and strong and not cry is what really kills me.


Agreed. The shear amount of strength that it took for him to not be a mess at that moment blows my mind. It looks as if at any moment, the facade will crack and his true emotions will come rushing out.
 
2012-06-01 12:56:51 PM
i172.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-01 01:02:02 PM

puckrock2000: Thunderboy: JohnCarter: I'll just leave this here

(IwoJima.jpg)

Learning that that photo was staged kind of bummed me out.

No it wasn't; it was just the second flag that was raised that day. As Rosenthal once said, "If I was going to stage it, I would have had them all facing the camera."


Weird - I clearly recall reading a few accounts to the contrary. But as with so much of history, it seems as though miscommunication/misunderstanding has clouded things a bit. Thanks for the clarification - I can see that photo now with new eyes.
 
2012-06-01 01:03:42 PM
I'm an emotional train wreck these days anyhow, looking at these pics at work is doing nothing for my macho image.

I need to go watch some MMA videos or something.
 
2012-06-01 01:12:43 PM
i174.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-01 01:19:13 PM

BullBearMS: Speaking of photos that make the room dusty, here is a Pulitzer prize winning series of photos of a mother in the process of loosing her child to cancer.

Be sure to turn on the captions, and you have never cried so much over a series of static images in your life.


Holy FARK.

Going to go hide in my car for a few minutes so no one sees me bawl like a biatch.

/fark cancer
 
2012-06-01 01:22:01 PM

BeatrixK: CSB

November 10, 2008. St. Joseph, Missouri - Long backstory short, a whack job with 5 or so guns, several pounds on ammo strapped to his body, and some unknown axe to grind started walking down one of the main streets in town, randomly shooting people. He was shot square in the forehead, but only after wounding 3 people and killing a young police officer. No one had any clue who this guy was.

I was married to an editor at the local paper at that time, and I remember going to the newsroom that night to bring the staff coffee while they reworked the entire paper. There was a HUGE debate over one particular, gruesome, and amazing photograph a senior photog got: Moments after the cops delivered the kill shot to insane gunman, a pic got snapped. Gumman's lying, eyes open, seemingly staring squarely at the camera by intention, full ammo still strapped to him, single, perfectly placed bullet hole square in the forehead, mouth open, and serenely framed in a grassy yard with full autumn colors blazing around the greenish grass. The normalcy and stillness of the surroundings played off the (Now dead) man's stillness, and the utter violence that wrapped him up was jarring and surreal.

He had no ID on him at the time he was taken down, and no one had any idea who he was. The paper's decision was made to run the grizzly pic, but in black and white, mainly because, at that point, there was no clue who this guy was, and the hope was that the pic could at least bring out a friend or relative to help ID the psycho. But, it wasn't kept quiet that it was a helluva good photograph. The morning's paper was delivered, and the pic helped determine that insane gunman's name was William E. Lattin Jr.

That pic still sends chills up my spine when I think about it.


1998 maybe?

t3.gstatic.com
 
2012-06-01 01:22:51 PM

hippyneil: Humanity's low point
[mukto-mona.net image 556x698]


Humanity's high point
[brucemhood.files.wordpress.com image 596x450]


wtf?

the photographer 'left the area' after taking the photo????

no.. you wouldn't want to help the starving child in front of you.

no great loss that he killed himself.
 
2012-06-01 01:32:45 PM

inner ted: wtf?

the photographer 'left the area' after taking the photo????


What was he supposed to do?
 
2012-06-01 01:40:43 PM
What's the obsession with dogs all about?

21 is my favourite. Defiance.
 
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