Sunday, December 2, 2007

A War Wedding




Nina Berman's photo of Iraq veteran Ty Ziegel and his wife, won a first prize in the portraits category in the 2007 World Press photo awards.

Pretty damn horrific. Thoughts?

8 comments:

theryanburk said...

I wonder if I should go to Jimmy John's or Omar's for lunch today?

minx said...

What's Omar's?

Seriously? I mean, really, how do you feel when you look at this photo? I like it because I can write a story in my head all about their lives.

theryanburk said...

For the record, Minx, here’s where I stand. At a glance, I see a reluctant bride and a destroyed man. As horrific as this seems, the more I think about it, the more I think this is actually a happy photograph (though I really wish the bride could have mustered a bit more enthusiasm for the shot). I mean, that a man could make the type of sacrifice this soldier has made and return home to find a relatively normal life waiting for him, I think, is a sign of hope to all the soldiers who'll hopefully soon return home. To me, it says there is life after war. This soldier’s life may not be “pretty”, but it’s just as meaningful and beautiful as any. If this photo makes you sad, I don't think you've thought about it enough.

theryanburk said...

Omar's, by the way, is code for Trieste Cafe in the Lumber Exchange. The best Greek downtown. Recommended!

Casey Brewer said...

I had Omar's for lunch today. Where were you Burk.

theryanburk said...

Dude, I had Omar's too! Gyro plate, to go please. Thanks, Omar. Here's tip, thanks for the cake.

P.S. If you go after 1 there's no line.

Anonymous said...

of course it makes you sad. but metaphorically, it represents integrity, substance, hope, greatness and above all, love in relationships.

-the uncs

theryanburk said...

When can we go back to having fun?