Remembering Joe


Collage in Photoshop from stock photography. In addition to the stock, there are several pieces of World War II memorabilia, including a Christmas card, front and inside, sent home in late 1944. The inside of the card reads:

Somewhere in Netherlands East Indies, 1944, “On our way…” All my love, Joe

This nostalgic design depicts a World War II era GI sort of “coming through” the radio, if you will. As the ladies were left behind to tend to the defense work, the songs on the radio reminded them of their men so far away, fighting for our freedom, defending our country. The theme of this piece is softly South Pacific as is suggested by the map and the tropical flowers, with a hint of a glassy lagoon, some primitive trim, and a Bird of Paradise flower outside the scene. The 1944 Christmas card is authentic and the GI is my father. I wanted to share this with the rest of the world. There are still so many who remember, and many more who should never be forgotten.

Unless We Remember

The image below is the original full color version of Unless We Remember along side a tinted version. This was an earlier collage done in Photoshop from stock photography and World War II memorabilia, originally created in 1995 as a commemorative for the fifty year anniversary of the end of WWII. So much controversy surrounded the issue of WHAT our country did, and as we lose more and more of our WWII veterans, we get further and further away from the reasons WHY. Unless we remember, we cannot understand.

The quote is from E. F. Forster, an English novelist and essayist.

The stamps in the composition are actual stamps used on mail going stateside after censorship. Sometimes letters arrived back home in strips as portions were cut out. The photos strewn across the bottom are actual photos taken by Dad’s reconnaissance squadron. They flew behind bombing missions (bottom left and top right), took photos of bombed out areas (center right) and shipwrecks, and took overlapped aerial photos to create photographic maps. The shipwreck shown at the bottom floated up onto the shore one day, so they photographed it.

After the war, it took 17 months to get transport home.

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