Frederick Hart’s “The Three Servicemen” is part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., which pays tribute to the more than 58,000 men and women who gave their lives in the war or remain missing. The larger-than-life bronze soldiers — they stand just over 8 feet tall — are a study in both strength and vulnerability as they solemnly gaze toward the Memorial Wall. There, the names of the 58,000 are inscribed on 140 separate black granite panels.
While a visit to the Memorial is always an emotional experience, taking the opportunity this visit to focus on Hart’s statue made it even more so. Perhaps it was because I was viewing the figures through the lens of my DSLR, taking my time to intently study the statue from various angles and distances. I zoomed in and out. I tweaked settings to my heart’s content. I lied on the ground and shot upward to give the soldiers an even more imposing presence. Having my camera enabled me to experience the Memorial in a way I never had before, challenging me to feel and capture the emotional power of “The Three Servicemen.” So, how do you think I did?