In downtown Tucson is an area called El Presidio and located on its plaza is this memorial to those who were lost in Vietnam. I have visited this site many time s and am always amazed at how difficult it is to photograph. Like so many memorials it is designed to be reflective, to draw you in as part of it, to see oneself among the names. This is a very effective means to make us think about the war, the loss and in many ways, our values.
These purposes are always achieved, at least for me, but they also make it hard to photograph. I have been here early, late, mid-day, whenever, and there is always a glare or it is too dark to do the site justice as it sits in the shade of surrounding trees.
So, here are a few shots to give you the feeling of the place. I will return here sometime soon and maybe that will be the time I get the perfect shot or maybe it is not possible to get the perfect shot of an imperfect war.
Located at 160 W. Alameda St. it honors the 616 from the Tucson area who were lost.
Next time, on the 29th, we will revisit California, home to many memorials. Join me there at 9:00am.
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