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2007-03-09 10:24:43 PM  
I was really proud of Fark that day. WTG, Drew!
 
2007-03-09 10:45:09 PM  
Glad to get the photographer's thoughts on those pics.
 
2007-03-09 11:04:49 PM  
"Some people have asked whether the expression was just some kind of fluke, whether it might have been unrelated to the wedding or Ty's disability --

Yes, you can say, "She was exhausted," or "They were hung over" -- they were -- or "They just wanted to get this over with and get out of there so they could have fun." That's part of it too. But that's not what makes pictures interesting. What makes pictures interesting is that they provide the space for the viewers to contemplate."



Too bad she didn't actually answer the question.

I was shocked when I saw the photo, then I was also surprised to see a photo of the bride, later, with a smile on her face. And knowing the process of studio photography, I wanted to know, if she took the picture as a test, or told them that she was about to click the camera ... I'd like to see what wedding portrait that Ty & Renee have in their home, and if it's that one, or another.
 
2007-03-09 11:09:46 PM  
Anyone have a link to the original Fark thread? I'd love to see Fark at it's best.
 
2007-03-09 11:26:29 PM  
Strange that they said fark, but didn't link to that page;

The saddest and most heroic wedding photo you may ever see
 
2007-03-09 11:49:18 PM  
the_gospel_of_thomas

Strange that they said fark, but didn't link to that page;

Thanks TGOT - I am going to check it when I get home.
 
2007-03-10 1:27:28 AM  
NewportBarGuy

I was really proud of Fark that day. WTG, Drew!

After reading about the first 1/4th of that thread, I am proud of the mod's for trying to keep the politics and snark out of it, but not very proud of the farkers. There were some on there with some real class, but quite a few missed out on the first two letters.

/God bless these two. Him for fighting a tough fight and staying in there at the worst of times regardless of whether he thought it was "justified", and her for standing by the man she loved, even though he came back looking like a different man, but tried to prove to her that it was still him.

A true Marine, or any military hero will not question whether the battle he is fighting is justified, appropriate or even legal. When that happens, the send you to France so you can just surrender before the battle begins.
 
2007-03-10 1:37:33 AM  
I was Farking the day the photo was linked to Fark. I'm glad to see a follow-up to that story.

I wish the bride and groom all the best!
 
2007-03-10 1:49:20 AM  
said it before said it again... this is sad, inspiring, tragic and beautiful. hope nothing but the best for the couple...

but the question stands, did salon mention the beached whale pic?
 
2007-03-10 2:10:21 AM  
That thread was awful.

I feel bad thinking about it.
 
2007-03-10 2:11:54 AM  
Whatever your take on it, the picture deserves to be seen as one of the most recognized and significant ones related to the Iraq War. Well, this and hooded-and-electrode-covered-Abu-Ghraib-guy, but this one stands out for its ambiguity, its ability to reflect the observer's own view of the war situation as it relates to everyday Americans.
 
2007-03-10 2:22:09 AM  
the_gospel_of_thomas: Too bad she didn't actually answer the question.

She did, or at least she did in the only way she could. She can't know exactly what the girl was thinking, and it's fair for her to ask the observer to figure that out for himself.
 
2007-03-10 2:24:38 AM  
Yagottabechittinme

true Marine, or any military hero will not question whether the battle he is fighting is justified, appropriate or even legal.

Exactly. Thats why civilians have got to be the ones who question whether the battle he is fighting is justified, appropriate, or legal. Not saying that you did this, but I absolutely despise it when people FIRST say what you just said, and then say that its bad for 'us' to question that war because the soldiers are fighting for it. Talk about missing the point, eh?
 
2007-03-10 3:13:37 AM  
That photo is really disturbing on a number of levels. He's horribly disfigured and she looks like she's just lost a bet.
 
2007-03-10 8:38:39 AM  
HumbleGod: "She did"


no,

she didn't. "Yes, you can say, "She was exhausted," or "They were hung over" - wasn't an answer to "
"Some people have asked whether the expression was just some kind of fluke,"


That looked like a 'test' photo, when the photographer clicks a shot, to test the lighting, and then, they say, "smile!" and the they smile.

"How many frames did you shoot of the couple in that pose?

Just one frame of that pose."



Unlikely.

Photographers take many photos from one vantage point, especially that one, and choose from the 6 to 12 images taken for such things as, if someone blinked, or if the film had a defect. Again, I'd like to see the photo that Ty & Renee have in their home.
 
2007-03-10 1:16:11 PM  
Well, the question was, "Some people have asked whether the expression was just some kind of fluke, whether it might have been unrelated to the wedding or Ty's disability...." The questioner is clearly trying to get the photographer's opinion on what the Marine and his wife were feeling that led to such expressions. My point was that the photographer answered that in the only way possible--by admitting that it's ambiguous and leaving it up to the viewer. How can she know why the two of them had that expression?

Unless I'm reading you wrong, your argument seems to be that the photographer picked the one shot that wasn't one of wedding-day ecstasy and published that, perhaps to make a political point, even though it wasn't representative of the day. I don't think that's clear, though. After all, this was one photograph in a series of published ones, showing a variety of different instances in the Marine's life.

And besides, whether this is the wedding photograph hanging in the couple's house is beside the point. The photographer was there to capture images of the Marine's everyday life, not merely to chronicle his wedding. My position is that this photo serves as a good one because it really is a tabula rasa for the observer's thoughts on the war and on human nature itself. It's so much more interesting than one that gives a clearly anti-war message or one that cheerleads the Iraq War. Or one that shows obvious wedding-day happiness (or disgust, sadness, whatever).
 
2007-03-10 7:50:20 PM  
I was in that thread. I re-read it. Yikes, some of the comments Farkers made were much more disturbing than that photo. Frightening to learn how some people think.
 
2007-03-10 8:57:23 PM  
eeedlef That thread was awful. I feel bad thinking about it.

Agreed.
 
2007-03-11 1:04:23 PM  
FTA: Yes, you can say, "She was exhausted," or "They were hung over"

She mentions that some people could say they were hungover as an excuse. Did you guys read the rest of the article? She keeps mentioning how much that couple loves to drink. In fact, I think she says at one point it's all they do in that small town.

It may not be a plausible explanation for the photographer, but it makes sense to me.
 
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