This image is actually a digital manipulation of three separate photographs. The background is the beach at Arromanche and Mulberry Harbor. The crosses are from the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach. The plane is from a photograph taken much later at an air show. This image was layered to depict World War II. As I was going through several images, this one caught my eye. The first thing I noticed was the title, “Went the Day well?” This title really positions the viewer in a particular spot. The vastness of the crosses layered on top of Arromanche creates an initial realization of how devastating that day and the war actually were. This puts the viewer into the perspective of someone who lost someone that day. It creates a relationship between the ones who fought and the viewer.
It is very interesting how the crosses appear solid at first but upon further examination they are in fact very transparent. This comes with the layering of the image but also gives extra meaning. It symbolizes how those who have fought and died will never be whole once again. The combination of the three images provides the viewer a sense of realism that surpasses any statistic. Even though many people lost their lives that day, it was said to be a success. This image and title challenge that statement with the actualization of what was lost.