JUNE 2005 – Two soldiers protect the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II in Rome, Italy. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com
The story behind the image
The Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II (also known as Vittoriano) is a symbol for the Italian unification and home to the Tomb of the Italian Unknown Soldier and the ethernal flame. It is a constant reminder to the fallen and missing of the war. Wikipedia offers more background.
I like this image because of its vertical symmetry, its clear lines and the soft tones of the marble that contrast so well with the soldiers and grave wreath. It puts the focus on the tomb and expresses the dedication by the soldiers who protect the tomb 24/7/365. One might say, that it’s just their job, but the look on their faces show that it’s an honor as well.
The high resolution image
|Capture Date||June 2005|
|Camera||Canon AE-1 Program|
|Lens||Canon FD 70-210 mm f/4|
|Image Source||Fuji Slide Film|
|Digital Image Source||Minolta Dimage Scan Elite II|
|Digital Image Source Format||TIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB|
|Edited Image Format||JPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB|
|Edited Image Dimensions||2301 x 3450 Pixels|
|Copyright||© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com|