July 21, 2006

nation/pride/self


Under a blazing sun, covered in sweat and blood, like a second skin. Bullets whizz past, makes contact and the men continue to fall.

Up close, the statue of the 7 soldiers is impressive but not intimidating. There are very few statues in KL (if any) and that makes me savour and appreciate it more. Click on the image on the left for a larger look. I didn't take many pictures when I stood at it's feet. I just looked at the faces. That was enough.

Enough is enough.

18 Comments:

Blogger danafaye said...

Very nice close-up ... and commentary.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

we dont have many statues in Msia, kan? the Tugu is real gem, especially taken by your lens ..Love the 2nd pic.! very dramtic!

4:07 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

oh, and yesterday's pic looks wonderful!

4:08 PM  
Blogger Mile Stones said...

Now seeing this close-up, it reminds me even more of the "Iwo Jima" memorial Edwin. And creates the same impressions for the same reasons. When you get up close to it, you see and feel the true horror of war in these mens' faces. Do you know if this was based on a photo, likethe Iwo Jima was? And thnaks for posting the 2 shots, for real perspective.

4:34 PM  
Blogger edwin s said...

Thank you Dana.

Kris, yes lah, we have to take advantage the precious few we have here. Revisiting the Tugu after all these years was extremely wonderful. Good to know that some of our national icons aren't for peacock feather ruffling purposes only.

Nowhere, it could've been based on the Iwo Jima statue. Both are very similar. This one was erected in 1966 to honour the 11,000+ who lost their lives during WW1, WW2 and the time of National Emergency between 1948-1960.

I've also noticed that an anonymous person has been posting comments on our blogs. I daren't click on his link. Is it a clever spam scam? This time it's getting personal. No more, Uni Degree for $100. Hmm...

4:51 PM  
Blogger ~tanty~ said...

Wonderful photo and very nice text.

6:02 PM  
Blogger Sally said...

Hi edwin. The grey backdrop of the sky makes this even more poignant.

8:48 PM  
Anonymous anne said...

Hi Edwin! Hmm actually your right...there's not much statues in Malaysia...why is that? Here in Manila it's the opposite! You'd see statues in every corner!

8:57 PM  
Blogger Juggerpix said...

The statue is very stirring, even showing the fallen (most statues only show those who are living at the time of the scene).

My respect and honor to all the brave soldiers of Malaysia.

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Heather said...

I totally agree with Sally

Great shot Edwin

10:43 PM  
Blogger Grant F said...

striking statue, amazing detail and extremely thought-provoking.

12:40 AM  
Blogger Lucy said...

I find it hard to look at these kind of statues myself. It's good that you examined them and brought them before us, without avoidance.
They are no less difficult to face but it's easier to face them through your sympathetic and thoughtful interpretation...

1:33 AM  
Blogger Jazzy said...

Very nice follow up from yesterday, nice to see it closer.
My salute to all those brave soldiers.

2:08 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Stunning photo and composition, Edwin. Kudos!

4:27 AM  
Blogger Zebigleb said...

Nice view and interresting text (and comment)

Have a nice day

5:38 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Great photos - I really appreciate the pictures you have had lately. What are you rehearsing for?

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did you find it? Interesting read » » »

6:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoyed a lot! »

12:59 AM  

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