The Unknown Soldier

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© Joel Aron
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The military cemetery on the hillside of the San Francisco Presidio. The Unknown US Soldier faces the Golden Gate Bridge forever.

Several lunchtime walks from work to this site. Sometimes I wouldn't even setup for a single shot, but this one rainy Friday, I found a headstone that silenced me, and still does to this day whenever I view this image. It's one of my favorites, and one of those shots where I was able to let go of the camera, and just shoot.

Hasselblad 500c/m 80mm Zeiss T*

f/2.8 @ 1/30s

Ilford Delta Pro100

D76 1:1 for 10min @ 1min agitation

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12 responses

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (6 Jan 2008):

    Beautifully touching image! We will remember...

  • michelle enfield

    michelle enfield gave props (11 Feb 2008):

    really great work!

  • michael

    michael (Deleted) gave props (21 Feb 2008):

    beautiful. definitely one for the "democracy" theme

  • Nicholas Forret

    Nicholas Forret said (2 Mar 2008):

    Amazing shot. Says everything it needs to say.

  • Mackenzie Ashton

    Mackenzie Ashton said (23 Apr 2008):

    Wow... thats heartbreaking.
    I don't really know what to say?
    Truly touching image though.

  • Dylan Bahoosh

    Dylan Bahoosh (Deleted) gave props (25 Apr 2008):

    Very touching, on in peace.

  • sabrina helas

    sabrina helas gave props (29 May 2008):

    beautiful image, heartbreaking topic.

  • Antonio Perrone

    Antonio Perrone said (4 Jun 2008):

    I like this idea for democracy... congrats

  • Slimeface

    Slimeface said (4 Jun 2008):

    Nice work and well seen in bw!

  • Nicole Gesmondi

    Nicole Gesmondi gave props (6 Jun 2008):

    Niiice shot. It fits this theme perfectly. I like the depth of field

  • Devon Willson

    Devon Willson said (6 Jun 2008):


  • Anthony Neste

    Anthony Neste (Deleted) said (17 Jun 2008):

    Joel...this one got my vote....all your work is wonderful...great Comp & Content in every are a great photographer because you have a passion for what you do and it does show in your work.

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