Travel theme: Smoke and Mirrors

This week, Ailsa asks us for photos that are strange and misleading and unsettling – images of smoke and mirrors.

What’s real in this photo?

WhosRealReflectionsWe have a crowd of half-seen soldiers, with looming white ghostly shapes walking among them and some fainter but more colorful blurs.

Are some of these shapes figures of imagination or dream? Could we be seeing different years as they overlap? Where are we, when are we, and which group do we belong to?

WhosRealSoldiersAndCiviliansIf we pull back a little and take a longer view, we can see that these are pictures of the Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C. The uneasy, uncertain feeling doesn’t completely go away, though. Even when you’re actually there on a hot, bright summer day, you begin to wonder whether you, your twenty-first century self, might be a daydream or hallucination of this group of weary soldiers.

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4 responses to “Travel theme: Smoke and Mirrors

  1. A devastingly powerful reminder of the futilty of war – lets hope that the right people see this time.

  2. Of the memorials in DC, I find this one to have the most impact. Nice photos.

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