I look at a photograph I took this past summer when my family was on vacation on Block Island. I remember when I took it: on a hike with my mother and aunt. I see the dusty dirt road sunken on either side- testimony to the tires that groove the path daily. I hear the crunch of the leaves and rocks underneath my sneakers, browned by collected sand and dirt. I remember looking into the distance towards the ocean and thinking to myself “Hey- that would make a good picture.” I remember that I laughed a lot because it was one of those days. Perfect weather; the kind you get maybe once a summer, if you’re lucky.
Try getting that kind of emotional response from a painting or sculpture- I think not.
Photography is an art unlike any other. It
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My dad is on the cover of this book. His name is Alphonse Arsenaut. He was born on PEI Canada and moved to the state of Maine with his family. His date of birth is August 1, 1912. He died Sept 20, 1992. He was 80 years old when he died and a year later I was watching the 50 anniversary of D-day. My father talked about all the time, at times I would even dare another story. He never said anything about the real horror of it all. A year before he died he gave me his infantry book and made arrows of himself in the book. On the show that I watched I thought, "Wouldn't it be a miracle if I saw him?" At this point, I still mourned him so much I had a hard time talking about him without crying. All of a sudden the picture came up… my heart was beating out of my chest. I knew it was he. (Viger, 1) Suzanne Arsenaut is the daughter of Joseph Arsenaut, the infantryman featured in Robert Capa’s “D-Day, Omaha Beach”. Capa took the photograph as he was swimming ashore with the first assault wave of infantrymen on June 6, 1944 in Normandy, France. He was armed that day with two Contax 50 millimeter cameras and a few rolls of spare film. In total, he took one hundred and eight photographs that day, but only eleven survived. “D-Day, Omaha Beach” became Capa’s defining shot and the embodiment of the war when Life magazine ran it as their cover in April of 1944 (Wikipedia p.3).
The photograph centers on Arsenaut swimming toward the beach with full armor and weaponry. Explosions