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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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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060815 09:25 pm (UTC)
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I am not sure if you understood what I wrote in the other post but I am not trying to be "fair and balanced" I am completely subjective when I take my photos and when I choose which ones I will post. I am also subjective when I write the text that goes along with the photographs. I am however not trying to hide anything and I certainly am not trying to make it look like something it is not. If I am wrong about anything I have written if is not intentional.

When I stated there were Jews there I was not only referring to the Orthodox Jews you see in the photographs. I said there were Christians there as well and they are not easy to pick out in my photos. Some things are more obvious and some are not. You asked about the “arm in arm” photo. If you would like to see where I took that phrase from you can look here: http://digitalgrace.com/lj/DPH_7606_800.jpg

I don’t get compensated for this and I am not looking to get paid for it either. All expenses I incur come out of my pocket. I do all this primarily for my love for photography. Covering a story I am passionate about is just icing on the cake. I also enjoy the feedback and the things I learn from the people that write me.

You have some very valid points and I appreciate them.

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alexey5351

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from: alexey5351
date: 20060815 10:11 pm (UTC)
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Danny,

I hope you take no offense in this. This is just my opinion and I'm not an expert, I just share what I think about your coverage.
Anything's fine as a personal project in a personal journal. If you took this to any decent paper or any other news outlet, you may have heard some of the things I've mentioned. And it's not even relevant if you are compensated or not. What you do is journalism on a personal level - written and photo journalism. And that is a responsibility to know the facts accurately and present them this way as well. As much as you possibly can.

It's a good practice to talk to any person you photograph and get their names. If you can also. This gets you closer and you get better images. Even if you are on a public steet and legaly don't have to do this. Besides most papers in the US will not run your very best photo without people's names.

Once example. I'm ready to take back my comment on the arm-in-arm. But got a question for you. Have you spoken to a guy in the middle or you make an assumtion that he is a Muslim (or a Christian). From what - what I see on the photo is a young man in a white T-shirt and baseball cap. There's no evidence of his religious background. Without a short interview you really don't know for sure anything about him. Perhaps I take this too far, but beware of the risk of speculating or making false assumptions. Being passionate is great, but sometimes it might lead you in a wrong direction. If you know you've done your best to present the facts accurately, negative feedback or opinions from whoever will not hurt at all.

Best regards
Alexey

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Things that make you go HMMM!

from: g_uryy4me
date: 20060816 10:56 pm (UTC)
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He took down the letter w/o letting me respond...I had to subscribe
not to be immediately censored.

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Danny Hammontree

Re: Things that make you go HMMM!

from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060816 11:43 pm (UTC)
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I put your letter back per your request, it never posted because you did it anonymously… you are also more the welcome to bring alexey5351 over to debate this with me as well…

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alexey5351

Re: Things that make you go HMMM!

from: alexey5351
date: 20060817 12:35 am (UTC)
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I don't know what the letter was about, haven't seen it.
I just read in one of the previous messages about your father. I'm sorry if my comments were inappropriate and reached you in a difficult time. My condolences.

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Danny Hammontree

Re: Things that make you go HMMM!

from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060817 06:07 am (UTC)
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Thank you so much for your concern. Although my father passing has been rough emotionally, I in no way thought your comments inappropriate... I think my commentary and photographs are sometimes taken the wrong way because many times I express my opinion in my post. If the title "photojournalism" is inappropriate for what I do, I am more than happy to call myself whatever would be more appropriate. I am in no way hung up on that title; I just found it the most fitting when I am asked.

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Re: Things that make you go HMMM!

from: g_uryy4me
date: 20060817 12:44 am (UTC)
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C'mon Danny shoot straight...People post anonymously all the time. Plus you told me to do so...Getting out the broom???

What you pick and chose to leave on or delete from a thread distorts things.
It still does not explain why you removed the thread completely...You were having a good run.

In a message dated 8/15/2006 2:20:11 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, danny@digitalgrace.com writes:

I have responded to your letter in my journal... you are more then welcome to read it and comment however you like... I have withheld your name in the post so you are more then welcome to comment anonymously.

Debate yourself 4 now...too much neg nRg4me.

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Danny Hammontree

Re: Things that make you go HMMM!

from: dannyhammontree
date: 20060817 01:28 am (UTC)
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Yes... This is true, but my email was to your mother not you.

I have posted your comment and explained why I took it down. You can now bash me all you want and I will leave it up. I've just given you front page like I said I would so you do not feel censored. Go read!

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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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Solstyce Calé

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from: essenceofthemus
date: 20060817 05:33 pm (UTC)
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Yeah it's always interesting to hear what people think when looking at such things. If you ever want a running commentary...

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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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Res

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from: resqdog51
date: 20061004 07:08 pm (UTC)
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No no, not hurt at all!

I love your photos and I love your commentary. I hope you don't mind if I continue to watch!

I totally understand about cutting and keeping it 'small', trust me. I just wanted to make sure *I* hadn't done something to make you unhappy with me!

Maintenance is fine and totally not offensive to me.

But if I'd managed to offend you in some way, I wanted to know, since I like what I see of you. If I'd offended, I wanted to be able to at least apologise!

But if its just maintenance -- no worries, no offense, no hurt feelings. Its all good!

But is it ok if I still watch? You really do have awesome photos and thoughts!

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20061004 07:11 pm (UTC)
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please do watch and comment all you like because I will still be talking with EVERYONE through my post :) thank you so much for understanding...

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Res

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from: resqdog51
date: 20061004 07:19 pm (UTC)
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Nothing to understand! You're good.


You know, I'm sure this has been asked...but I seem to be blind today.


Do you ever sell copies of your photos?


I keep seeing ones that speak well and keep meaning to ask....

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Danny Hammontree

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from: dannyhammontree
date: 20061004 07:21 pm (UTC)
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Some of the more popular photographs are for sale on deviantART but the only photo that really sells well is the "Fuck Bush" photo... go figure ;)

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