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Rick Joyce wrote:
After all is said and done here, let me say that I posted this photo as something I found interesting and not to be a commentary on the correct wearing of an army uniform. Of course the uniform is not being worn correctly, but this is a "people" forum where we post images of people regardless of their dress.
I want to follow up on my previous comments on this....
We all talk photos to elicit some reaction or stir some emotion. Anybody who says differently is lying, even if the reaction of emotion they wish to stir is their own.
Therefore, I submit that it is right and proper for people to comment on their reactions to this photo. Sometime the reactions and emotions our photos stir are not the ones intended. I don't think it is right for any photographer or artist to tell any viewer what they should or should not consider in an image. An image, as submitted, is the image and each viewer will have his or her own reaction. Regardless of your intent, to post a photo here and suggest to anyone what they can or should consider is, well, silly IMHO.
If you want comment on the technical aspects of this photo, I can give my opinion. It's no more than a snapshot, so from a technical perspective it's boring. Next. That said, I don't think this image was submitted for technical consideration. It was indeed intended to elicit a reaction. It has elicited many reactions, some of them strong. If some people have a problem with the reactions, I say too bad. The discussion is not a purely political discussion, but rather a reaction to the image. With one small exception, all of the discussion here has been purely about reaction to this image and IMHO very valid indeed. Art by its very nature is often controversial. If this image is controversial, so be it. Discussions about it should not be suppressed, otherwise, what does that say about this forum as an open forum for discussions of the images presented here?