A photograph is known as the best memorial thing to remind the histories that passed………
It is true that all these images are nice images that can reveal the passed experience of photograph’s owners, they are all pictures representing only happiness and good time.
On the contrary, there are way more intense and sorrowful photos such as……
“Pictures of the WAR”
During the war, it is hard to even think about finding a good picture because the picture of the war remains only fetal fact and blood. However, there is one in a million shot that became well-known in worldwide; “Wait for me, Daddy”
“Wait for me, Daddy”
It was a real picture taken during the WWII Era which is well-known as the ‘one in a million shot’.
When talking about the truth of the war, we all think about the loss, blood, death, and deconstruction. Hardly ever, people will infer to any deep meaning of the war. However, through the process of analyzing, I realize that it is not just a plain photograph representing the farewell between the father and son nor the line of Canadian troop, it is something worthwhile to remind the period of war.
Claude P. “Dett” Detloff was born in 1899 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and died on July 18, 1978, Vancouver, British Columbia, (Canada). He was an American photographer who gained fame for the picture which has become known as Wait for me, Daddy. Dettloff began his career with the Minneapolis Journal in 1923 and worked for eleven years with the Winnipeg Tribune. He joined the Vancouver Daily Province in 1936, becoming the chief photographer. Dettloff took the picture on October 1, 1940 as The British Columbia Regiment(Duke of Regiments Connaught’s Own) went to war. The picture appeared October 2, 1940 in Vancouver Daily Province. The picture was named one of ten best pictures of the 1940s by Life Magazine.
Background Information leading to the photograph: The threatening of Nazis towards Poland angered the British Empire and its commonwealth countries. Therefore, Britain declared war on Germany and it directly brought Canada into the world war. On October 1, 1940, Canadian soldiers marched to New Westminster to catch a waiting train to their secret destination.
Claude P. Dettloff, the photographer of this picture proudly presented his WWII photograph, because it later became the propaganda solving war conflict. Initially, this picture stunned the world about how the fact of war separates the members of family from each other. …
How does this image depict emotional factors of wars??
“the reaction of reaching hands of the children”
This photo became the popular awareness. People started to think how sadness it was to leave family behind and fight for chance of surviving.
“Warren ‘Whiteney’ Bernard, a boy in the picture, broke free from his mother and reached out for the hand of his father, Private Jack Bernard”
This states the emotional factor of sorrowfulness. What we can imply from the photograph is the loneliness the boy will face after his father leaves.
During the World War II Era, people sacrificed themselves to help in the war. It is stated that Canadians were not involved in battles over sea, yet due to the fact that Canada is British Commonwealth, Canadians have to sent many soldiers to carry on the war. Thus, this image became popular during that time because it represents how tragic the war separates members of family on each other.
“Essentially, this image is a mirror for Canadian society at the time.”
The photographer of the picture perhaps displays the importance of family relations because later on, this picture became a propaganda solving the war conflict.
Moreover, the little child’s interaction with his father may determine how he truly didn’t want his father to leave. The love between father and son seems to be the most relevant theme the photographer wants to emphasize.
Further,one may conclude that through closer analysis, the young child might not want his father to depart because he instinctively doesn’t look forward to take his father’s responsibilities in the war.
“Thereby, the cycle of people got pertained into the blitzkrieg will always go on and on through different generations.”
Although wars always provide national identity, they can lead to a state of depression, once it is all over. The fact that Canadians seem to be a minority group in the army doesn’t accommodate people to bound to the war. They didn’t still adore the challenge of fighting.
Therefore, it makes sense that this photo was claimed as the peace among the country and enacted as an iconic Second World War photo. The snapshot so powerfully captured the feeling of the time, which clarifies why it was subsequently featured in publications around the world.
However, do you think we can really stop the war? If it reveals the best way to gain power, why people will decide to suddenly quit doing it?
No peace existed during the war. As like on “Wait for me, daddy”, although it was lastly became the propaganda to resolve the war issues, wars are still present nowadays.
We can even infer that peace is the opposition of the wars. To reduce the wars means to bring more peace among people around the world.
For further background information about the photograph, “Wait for me, Daddy”, please go to this site: http://www.vancouverhistory.ca/archives_daddy.htm