Photo Observation #10

War in Iraq


3) Bete Noire

4) Bete Noire, meaning, “someone or something which is particularly disliked or avoided; an object of aversion, the bane of one’s existence,” for me can be identified in warfare. This image, from 2003 in Baghdad during the Iraqi war. As someone who believes that issues can be settled/solved peacefully, this image embodies the possible destruction that comes of war. Man’s destruction of himself is visibly present in this picture; the only light source derives from the fire and its reflection. On a much smaller scale, I avoid wars on a day to day basis, making sure to keep the peace between everyone; when confrontation blows out of control or out of proportion (which happens easily with Drama majors) I feel like this image on the inside and I feel like having to sweep up the smoke and debris.

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