War and Peace: View from the Armoury

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Comments (7)

Ryan Calhoun on February 16, 2008

This is a very interesting composition, Marilyn. The chain-link and barbed wire, to keep us in or out? I especially like the towers and peaks peering over the top of the snow. Greetings, Ryan

Ian Stehbens on February 16, 2008

I appreciate the significance of your composition, Marilyn - of course, you knew I would. Photographers are social activists!

And Ryan's question about the ins and outs of fences, fences that prohibit movement but invite visual contact, touches on the issue of ambiguity which always enriches an image.


Marilyn Whiteley on February 17, 2008

Thank you, Ryan and Ian, for your conversation. I was photographing the local armoury when I saw this. (How different from your photographic journey on the same day, Ian!) And this was one of the times when I saw (received) an image and simply had to record it, without any clear thought at the time about why I had to. I just had to take it home with me, with all its ambiguity.

The factual background: the fence encloses a lot behind the armoury where various military vehicles, etc., are stored. There are no trespassing signs, but the entranceway was wide open. The church is the large Roman Catholic edifice which figures in a sunset picture I've taken as well as in a more general scene I photographed yesterday. It is Guelph's most prominent landmark.


EVA_L on February 18, 2008

Wonderful idea, Marilyn! Nicely composed. Greetings from Ukraine. Eva

Marilyn Whiteley on February 18, 2008

Thank you, Eva and Billy. Sometimes a picture just asks to be taken! Marilyn

Roger Sandvik on February 24, 2008

Excellent picture Marilyn! Initiate a lot of thoughts on the subject.

Marilyn Whiteley on February 24, 2008

Roger, thank you. I'm glad that some people have found this interesting. My husband is very supportive of my photography, but I think it was strange when I wanted to take this!

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 16, 2008
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2008/02/16 10:08:16
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/800)
    • Focal Length: 14.52mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash