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Aurora Dickie and Norton Fantinel

Aurora Dickie and Norton Fantinel

With this image I have come full circle in photography and in life.
It was in Vietnam that my love of photography was first sparked and that flame has burned for 40 years.
This image is my offering and tribute to my fellow soldiers who did not share those 40 years of life on earth with me.

This beautiful dancer symbolizes all of those loved ones left behind
while her partner in the reflection reaching desperately for her represents all of those souls whose names are carved in the polished stone.

But for the grace of God my name would be there too.

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Michael J. Parkinson15-Feb-2016 20:39
This image makes a fabulous statement with its implied message and technical excellence. Reading your text made my eyes moisten. Stay the course.
Regine L.21-May-2015 18:05
This image is a memorable tribute to the fallen soldiers. One of my husband's friends name is also engraved on this wall and we visit it whenever we are in DC. Thank you for your posting.
MarcViskens17-Nov-2014 10:56
very beautiful Richard
Ken 22-Oct-2014 17:18
Thanks, Brother. We were soldiers once. And young.
Alexander02-Nov-2013 12:26
more strength to you. Take care now. Alex
Wayne Ozzie 01-Nov-2013 02:46
The reflection of life in the wall along with the beautiful Dancer and her arum lilies is truely one of the most poignent reminders of the Vietnam War CONGRATULATIONS WELL DONE!!!
N Edmonds 10-Oct-2013 14:24
Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures..
Reese McCormick 07-Sep-2013 21:44
Accolades Richard, my uncle Louis Jayme served. Never spoke of his experience. Me of
Curious sort. Always have been mixed with emotions. Sorrow, gratefulness.
Thank you for all who serve. I hope these yearning hearts connect. The GIs, the children looking for their fathers. And the women still waiting for their return...such sad love stories.
Reese McCormick

Dougie Young19-Jun-2013 18:50
A beautiful idea and photo to remember those who gave all Richard, thank you for your service also Vote
Pat19-May-2013 21:10
Richard, you have realized with this marvelous picture a very beautiful, aristic and great tribute for the history of your country. All my congretaulations. V
steven cox 02-Feb-2013 16:53
my dad was there usmc douglas alton cox just wanted to say thank you for the images
Seeking English24-Jul-2012 20:44
amazing tribute
Fay Stout10-Jun-2012 17:04
A very powerful image and message. I lost friends in that war... V
Bryan Bockhop 22-May-2012 18:30
Richard, I just noticed this photograph for the first time. It took my breath away.
John McKay 04-Apr-2012 22:00
wfreiman27-Mar-2012 09:04
Very Touching!
Rick Keating 21-Feb-2012 23:16
First, thank you for your service. Your photos are great and especially the last one at The Wall. Very creative, very touching.
Guest 06-Feb-2012 19:24
You took me back in time. I relived so many moments with your help. I've been to The Wall and made my peace, so your photos remind me of hard times but also good times when I stood side by side with my buddies with one goal - to go home safe and sane. Peace.
Larry Peterson21-Nov-2011 22:41
This gallery is a masterpiece. Excellent work. BV
tom 13-Nov-2011 23:54
greatly done
Russel 05-Nov-2011 21:51
Thank you for posting this gallery. This final picture tells why so many of us carried RVN all alone for so long.
Guest 16-Oct-2011 11:41
This is absolutely wonderful.... great tribute. And as Barbara Read says, I am touched!!!
Lev 04-May-2011 18:29
Thanks Rich. a great tribute. wonderful work.

John Klosterman 03-Feb-2011 15:18
Thank you very much for the reminders. Thank you for thanking God for your protection.
Rick 29-Oct-2010 23:10
What a tribute. Awesome album. Thank you again for your service!!!!
DW Yacavone 28-Oct-2010 16:32
Brilliant! As one Veteran to another, our brothers on the Wall deserve it and are grateful. Welcome Home.
khaled_im12-Sep-2010 00:27
stunningly eloquent & moving
Harry Hare 30-Aug-2010 13:34
Truely magnificent
Wendy O27-May-2010 03:17
A beautiful and deep felt thought. Thanks for posting these pictures Richard.
C Ann How17-Apr-2010 18:25
Very wonderful tribute and perhaps those years have served their purpose to your heart of visions as a reminder of the fleeting life we have.
Guest 23-Mar-2010 16:47
Very well done. The ending so touching and well written. Welcome home all, job well done if you came back or not. Your parade will last forever.
Richard Gebing MCB-4 1969
laine23-Feb-2010 23:32
This is a wonderful tribute Richard to enhance the gallery's ending.
Richard Hewitt 21-Feb-2010 19:21
yes you have come full circle as we who came home. WE must always pay honor to those who's names are on this wall.I was there at its dedication and it was a great day.So many brothers ans sisters from the war finally got some recognition.We carry this war in OUR HEARTS FOREVER> GOD BLESS YOU ALL !
Carl Wakefield24-Nov-2009 08:47
A super photograph an even greater tribute to those soldiers and I really a appreicate seeing the making of this with the shot John made of you making this. really super congratulations Kind regards Carl
Elazar Harel12-Sep-2009 18:35
Guy Dube11-Sep-2009 21:31
It is very nice what you wrote. An excellent tribute. The composition is very impressive! V
Cathy E 11-Sep-2009 18:47
Oh my goodness, Richard's comments made me cry. Excellent tribute. We are so blessed by your work! Thank you!
Tony Yong11-Sep-2009 07:16
One of the best in front of the wall.
L. Chho 11-Sep-2009 02:19
seems a while since I have seem such a powerful message so well conveyed through this medium. Beautifully done!
Robert D. McAlpine10-Sep-2009 20:21
An inspired image!
Marcia Colelli10-Sep-2009 02:50
beautiful work V
shatterbug09-Sep-2009 08:15
Such a well constructed image, and a wonderful tribute!
Kelly Slingerland09-Sep-2009 00:05
Very powerful imagery here Richard. The grace and softness represented by the female dancer here feels like watching a mother comfort a scared chid. The safety in that moment touches all who look upon it. Hard to verbalize all this image makes me feel. Fantastic stuff throughout.
Harry David Horning08-Sep-2009 20:52
Very moving!
Robin Reid07-Sep-2009 06:19
Wow .... powerful and moving!
Bryan Ramsay07-Sep-2009 03:28
A truly inspirational shot Richard! Lest we forget all the trials and tribulations this country has seen to get where we are now! I've been waiting for your tribute To the Wall in ths series! Again Bravo!! -BJ
FinnHorse06-Sep-2009 07:49
How wonderful picture and the message. Very creative and beautifully touching.
Paco López06-Sep-2009 05:47
Marvelous... BV!!!
Raymond Ma06-Sep-2009 05:07
Conceptually brilliant! V
AL SAMHA EAST - RAZA06-Sep-2009 04:27
bill friedlander06-Sep-2009 01:55
A very moving tribute and a superb image. Chapeau. V
Patricia Kay05-Sep-2009 20:46
Beautiful image and tribute Richard......really moving.....BV
Kees Terberg05-Sep-2009 19:37
Delicate!!! Very impressive!
Joel Escala05-Sep-2009 11:48
Excellent tribute Richard. Voted
Susanne v. Schroeder05-Sep-2009 02:03
A beautiful, sensitive and moving message in this image. Very special!!
Steve Mockford05-Sep-2009 00:51
This is wonderfully conceived and, as always, beautifully carried out Richard. It is a truly moving tribute. ~V~
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad04-Sep-2009 20:40
A truly superb tribute to these fallen heroes. I am touched. V
Wolfgang Bluhm04-Sep-2009 19:53
Brilliantly conceived and executed.
Tom Beech04-Sep-2009 19:41
It works just as you thought it would Richard, well done
Joel Garcia04-Sep-2009 19:38
This is really creative. Love the idea and the image.
Arjayphotography04-Sep-2009 19:22
Richard, this is truly beautiful....knowing what you've seen and the thought that has gone behind this image......respect sir :-(
Naomi Sheaffer04-Sep-2009 19:00
A lovely tribute, and very moving. V
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