It's officially Photography Month, and Arts Everywhere and Click! Photography Festival have worked to change the lay of the land near Forest Theatre into something thought-provoking.
Taking a few steps into Battle Park until Oct. 15 will bring you face-to-face with Marines who fought on the front line in the Garmsir District in Afghanistan, photographed back in 2008 by award-winning photographer Louie Palu.
His goal was to capture those stationed in the worst area and the furthest out — the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines (1/6). The 1/6 was created 100 years ago by Woodrow Wilson during World War I, and represents a history filled with countless troops, wars and lives lost on field.
Palu’s work is inspired by the famous World War II photograph of Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima, not because of what they were doing, but because he didn’t know who they were.
The black and white photographs are blown up, confrontational and stirring. The eyes of these young men tell a story that no average twenty-one year old will ever experience — the story of war.