Description Shot at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, this image is half of a two-part story.The American Cemetery is a sprawling green estate, meticulously maintained by never-seen but always-present groundskeepers. There is a multi-million dollar visitors center, statues, reflecting pools and hourly guided tours in several languages.Each headstone is a singular monument to the sacrifice of that one soldier, and in the case of one unknown, a poetic verse.This image in and of itself speaks volumes. For the contrasting story however, see my image entitled, Vergessen.
John Wainwright, Dallas Member Since July 2009 Artist Statement My Lens...Your World
When I started high school in 1985 and began to show an interest in photography, my father gave me his 1965 Asahi Pentax Spotmatic 35mm camera. That was all it took.
I've been taking photographs ever since. Be it 35mm film, digital or most recently - medium format film - I am most comfortable behind the lens.
I am often asked what my style is - "So...what do you shoot?". I never know how to answer that. I shoot what speaks to me. It might be a person, or a building, or a rock - it is what it is. I call my style photojournalistic, or documentarian - I shoot what I see. I must admit however, that I have a definite fascination with cathedrals and cemeteries.
I have photographed a great many things over the past several years, all over the World - people, architecture, cathedrals, cemeteries, objects, etc. - a small sampling of which is shown here.