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March 19, 2006

Iraq Anniversary

Luke MacGregor/Reuters.

Three years.

Lately, many of the Iraqi images you’ve sent me have emphasized blood — mostly blood in the streets, or blood on people’s hands.  I tend to interpret this as a wish for finality — as if the presence of so much blood must represent some kind of end point.  I found many of this weekend’s protest galleries visually unremarkable, but this caught my eye.  This shot was taken in London’s Parliament Square.  Each dot is meant to represent one drop of blood spilled in the war.

It seems to go on forever. 

(image: Luke MacGregor/Reuters.  March 19, 2006.

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