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I worked on this one a long time to get the effect I was looking for and I hate it.  No, that's not right.  I love the image and present it as a tribute to the fallen and to their families but deeply regret the need for a tribute. 


What you see are chairs, one each for the victims of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing.  This is only a small number of them, yet they seem to go on forever.  There are in total 168 of them.  In their midst are smaller versions.  One each for the 19 children lost who did nothing more than attend a day care center in the building on a beautiful spring morning.


The presence of terrorism and the perpetrators of terrorism in our world is too despicable to describe with words be it in Baghdad, Jerusalem, New York City or here in my hometown.  Photographs do a better job and it's best to visit the sites of such reprehensible acts.  If you're ever in Oklahoma City, do take the time to visit the memorial and remember the innocent victims of April 19, 1995.  And every day, remember the innocent victims of terrorism throughout the world. 


My respects and condolences to the unknown individual that placed the bouquet during Thanksgiving 2005 over ten years after that tragic day. 


Date:  11/27/2005

Location:  Oklahoma City National Memorial

Camera:  Canon 20d

Lens:  Sigma 135-400 APO Telephoto

Tv: 1/500

Av: f/8.0

ISO: 800

Post Processing: Photoshop

Last Updated: 11/12/2014  -  Copyright 2004-2013 by Dan Lessmann.  All rights reserved.  Please click here for my usage policy.