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National March on Washington DC Against War in Middle East

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20060815 | 07:10 am

Saturday August 12th, 2006. Muslims, Jews and Christians protested in front of the White House with many messages and ideas of how to achieve peace in the Middle East. It was amazing to see Jews and Muslims coming together arm in arm, marching down Pennsylvania Avenue, asking that the United States not support Israel militarily in this war that has killed more children than soldiers.

One of the odder things I saw at this event was Christians trying to sell Christianity to Muslims and Jews. The main argument being that protesting does not work and only through Christ can you achieve peace. If there is a God, I’m pretty sure the religion in which you serve him matters little and the quality of your service matters most, no matter what name you’ve given God. If you'd like to view a larger version of this photo please check out my Flickr or deviantART accounts. There are several more photos under the cut. Please check them out.



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Cubmaster General

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from: cnjosephyne
date: 20060815 01:07 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for these, there are some incredible shots here.... the one of the priest with the flags.. i am going to print that one... thank you for sharing these... wow, i think im speachless.... (i takes alot to accomplish that!)

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060817 05:52 am (UTC)
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Thank you so much :) If you would like a larger file size for printing just let me know....

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AJ

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from: outtajo
date: 20060815 02:06 pm (UTC)
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I'm new to your photography, but I must say that it simply blows me away. These are incredible photos. Thanks for posting them.

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060817 05:53 am (UTC)
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thank you, you are very kind :)

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Elya

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from: elguyer
date: 20060815 05:01 pm (UTC)
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enough is enougn,
enjoy your political life

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060817 05:54 am (UTC)
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bye bye

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from: dejadoom
date: 20060815 06:52 pm (UTC)
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Amazing shots! All this war business makes me terribly sad, though.

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060817 05:55 am (UTC)
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thank you...

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alexey5351

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from: alexey5351
date: 20060815 07:29 pm (UTC)
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I like 2 or 3 images. If you don't mind, I have a few comments on the rest. Just a personal opinion, you can ignore it and delete it.

1) photos of people posing, i.e. reacting to the photographer rarely tell the story very well

2) Signs don't make very strong photos. People read signs, not look at your photo as a photo.

3) b&W is a way to get rid of sometimes distracting colors, but in this protest colors of Lebanese and Palestinian flags did add important symbolism that is not as direct and obvious as signs.
I don't think b&w was a very good choice for this coverage.

4) you could have edited a bit tighter. There is a lot of repetition, e.g people with signs looking into your camera. How's that different from any other protest?

5) Your caption/text is very leading and is using words that are not often good taste in journalistic captions. You are most definitely expressing your opinion, not merely presenting facts.
Some of your adjectives and phrases are questionable from the journalistic standpoint. Caption editor would have taken these out.

For instance.

"extremely large crowd"

"wonderful to see" {talking about yourself, not what was going on}

"Jews and Muslims arm in arm" {have you actually seen that, do you have any photos of that?}

" Christians trying to sell Christianity to Muslims and Jews" "odder things" {Are you sure they were trying to sell, not just expressing their views?}

etc

Pictures don't tell a whole lot of what's in your text. Text has a whole lot of yourself, not of what exactly was going on.

But there are some photos that I would have kept.

Alexey


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alexey5351

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from: alexey5351
date: 20060815 07:35 pm (UTC)
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In addition you forgot to mention that Jews at this protest were from a specific organization - Neturei Karta (www.nkusa.org) with very specific views and agenda. NK might not represent the views of all Jews in the US. You don't state that, but your text is a bit emotional and misleading in the facts. It might be useful to photograph less subjects, but spend more time with each, collect names and information and dig into the story.

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lina love

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from: isobel_5
date: 20060815 10:31 pm (UTC)
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what wonderful poignant images Mr. Danny! Your right, the signs do help convey there message becasue forlorn and despondent looks alone won't cut it. which you were here to rally some people up for protest foractive effective geniunie democratic response to an athoritarian state.

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060817 06:10 am (UTC)
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thank you my friend :) i am missing oregon and i'm hoping to go back very soon, maybe you can keep me posted on anything i might like to cover there so i can plan a little trip :)

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lina love

impeach bush!

from: isobel_5
date: 20060815 10:34 pm (UTC)
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damn that was alot of type-os sorry!

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Danny Hammontree

Re: impeach bush!

from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060817 06:11 am (UTC)
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i am the king of type-os ;)

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Solstyce Calé

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from: essenceofthemus
date: 20060816 12:15 am (UTC)
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wow you got some great shots out of that trip. Very powerful as always! Kinda hits you like a mack truck...

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060817 06:12 am (UTC)
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thank you :) i really wish i could read peoples minds as the view these photos...

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Moe Sobh

from: anonymous
date: 20060816 06:30 am (UTC)
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Hey there, the pics are great. i was actually there that one day, the close ups are real good. well i was wondering, is there a way u can post up more pics, the photography is great and your teasin us by posting just a few.

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Danny Hammontree

Re: Moe Sobh

from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060817 06:13 am (UTC)
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i'll see what i can do... maybe i'll put up a small gallery of them in color :)

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from: anonymous
date: 20060816 08:55 am (UTC)
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i truly enjoyed looking through the shots you have taken...some more powerful than others, however, each and every one had something interesting to look at...im looking forward to seeing them on deviantart :)

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060817 06:13 am (UTC)
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thank you whoever you are :)

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great!

from: anonymous
date: 20060819 06:00 pm (UTC)
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wonderful photos Danny :D

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roomtoroam

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from: roomtoroam
date: 20060821 02:17 am (UTC)
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Captivating, You luminate Danny,

Keep on shining

Peace be

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Daniel Quinn

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from: gabriel_vii
date: 20060828 04:56 am (UTC)
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I've been following your photography for some time now (RSS is awesome). Just wanted to say that I absolutely love this series (especially DPH_7620_550.jpg). Keep up the great work and don't let other's comments get you down. This is your series, your view and it's about how you saw it.

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Res

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from: resqdog51
date: 20061004 06:32 pm (UTC)
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?

Did I do something?

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20061004 06:59 pm (UTC)
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It really has nothing personal to do with you at all. I did the cut because I had accumulated so many people on my Live Journal that I was unable to use it at all for commenting to other people and actually being able to identify people anymore by their names or icon. I really want LJ to be something small where I can talk with a smaller group of people and know who they are and have the time to read all their journals. I still want people watching me and commenting with me on what I do, that has never been a problem since I don’t post all that often, but I am completely overwhelmed when it comes to following other folks here on LJ. I also want you to know that I cut well over 200 people and will likely be cutting more. My ideal number of people I can follow properly is about 100. Please do not be hurt by the cut. I only did this with LJ and will be keeping my deviantART, Flickr and MySpace the same. I hope you do understand, you have no idea how hard it was for me to do.

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