Thursday, September 07, 2006

On Assignment: Harlingen, Texas

"Morning Formation" by Wes Aldridge

I went to the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas, this morning to get some shots of the cadets in marching formation practicing for graduation on Saturday. The sunlight wasn't really breaking through the clouds, but that was alright because it made for a great silhouette shot.

A replica to the Iwo Jima monument is on the MMA campus and luckily, this is where the formation was being held. Today, I post this photo in honor of Joe Rosenthal, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press photographer who shot the original image of the men raising the flag at Iwo Jima. Joe passed away in late August of this year, but as this replica proves, the image he captured will live on forever.