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March 9, 2007 10:32 PM   Subscribe

I was shattered by this photo. Ty Ziegel and Renee Kline were photographed before he went to Iraq. He came back a different man. How can you go through what he's gone through and come out smiling?
posted by kirkaracha (16 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: Moving and startling, but a recent double. -- cortex

posted by EnormousTalkingOnion at 10:36 PM on March 9, 2007

It's pretty moving. Got any other links, stories maybe?
posted by twjordan at 10:36 PM on March 9, 2007

I was shattered by the duplicity of it all.
posted by allen.spaulding at 10:37 PM on March 9, 2007

Here's the original post.
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion at 10:37 PM on March 9, 2007

Sorry, I was crying too hard to search thoroughly.
posted by kirkaracha at 10:39 PM on March 9, 2007

This is a better post anyway, though it is a double.
posted by inconsequentialist at 10:41 PM on March 9, 2007

Understandable. I'm sure as hell not clicking on that story a second time.
posted by Mid at 10:41 PM on March 9, 2007

I agree that it would be very hard to smile. But that first picture is only one of probably dozens of shots the photographer took of the couple and it's entirely probable it was when they were taking a break, expressions relaxed, from more posed and cheerful shots.
As the photographer herself says: "Yes, you can say, "She was exhausted," or "They were hung over" -- they were -- or "They just wanted to get this over with and get out of there so they could have fun." That's part of it too. But that's not what makes pictures interesting. What makes pictures interesting is that they provide the space for the viewers to contemplate."
I am not saying this to detract from the horror of what happened, but to point out that we may be reading things into the picture that are not there.
posted by Fracmaster at 10:41 PM on March 9, 2007

posted by Smedleyman at 10:49 PM on March 9, 2007

He looks less scary than this guy who did it on purpose.
posted by stbalbach at 11:07 PM on March 9, 2007

There are a lot of stories about veterans that amaze me, but in this case, its *her* for sticking with him.
posted by reflection at 11:16 PM on March 9, 2007

Maybe he's just really a happy guy.
posted by Balisong at 11:28 PM on March 9, 2007

With all due respect, this is not a better post. This post clumsily tips off the reader to the impact the image will have before clicking on it. The earlier one takes you by surprise for maximum impact. The earlier post was also designed to allow others to fill in the blanks on the couple (and commenter's did) while the post ostensibly focused on the photographer and her other work involving injured U.S. veterans.
posted by spock at 11:46 PM on March 9, 2007

America just ate him, digested him, and shat him the fuck right out.

posted by sourwookie at 12:14 AM on March 10, 2007

Oh, and a hearty "Mazel Tov" to the new couple.
posted by sourwookie at 12:15 AM on March 10, 2007

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