Aperture Cafe

Layers

September 28th, 2015
Gold Star mother Lis Olsen instructs dozens in joining a large lei during the 4th annual Gold Star Mother and Family Day on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl in Honolulu.

Gold Star mother Lis Olsen instructs dozens in joining a large lei during the 4th annual Gold Star Mother and Family Day on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl in Honolulu.

Here are two frames from a news assignment I had yesterday that didn't make print.   Yesterday's event at Punchbowl was an annual gathering of Gold Star mothers and families of soldiers who had died in the line of duty.  Like many annual assignments, it's always a challenge to try and come up with something new and visually stimulating.  After a moving tribute at the foot of the Lady Columbia statue, the families gathered to connect dozens and dozens of lei to form one gigantic one that was at least a hundred feet in diameter.  It was very touching to see everyone join together, and I saw the lei as a symbol of that joining.

I always look for layering when I try to compose my photographs.  Layers tell stories when you're lucky enough to have all the elements in the right place.

Misti French, widow of US Army Msgt. Timothy French,  connects part of a giant leiduring the 4th annual Gold Star Mother and Family Day on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl in Honolulu.

Misti French, widow of US Army Msgt. Timothy French, connects part of a giant leiduring the 4th annual Gold Star Mother and Family Day on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl in Honolulu.

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