By Lars Pihl on Friday, 4 May 2007 9:29 AM
This is a very powerfull picture. The best I have seen in a long time.
By Kate G. on Friday, 4 May 2007 2:36 PM
Very intense and emotional. I feel the pain in the photo.
By nic1057 on Friday, 4 May 2007 5:34 PM
what a beautiful capture
By Diane1980 on Friday, 4 May 2007 9:04 PM
The pain seeps right through this photo, the emotions are so raw but at the same time, there is an astounding ray of hope. Beautiful!
By hellinside on Sunday, 6 May 2007 11:26 AM
I like this shot. A little out of focus though. But the soft sepia tone fits nicely with the mood. The framing is great. I'd like to see this image in B/W. With a little more contrast and to reduce softness. Thanx.
By alexandru_flueras on Monday, 7 May 2007 3:22 PM
this is a great photo
By kara on Tuesday, 8 May 2007 1:18 AM
I start crying everytime I see this pic. I just love the dichotomy of despair and hope!
By hollierose on Tuesday, 8 May 2007 6:34 AM
This beautiful picture BLOWS me away with all the emotion!
By c_shltn on Tuesday, 8 May 2007 6:30 PM
ahhh, so that is how soldier's wives feel. the picture shows the rest of us how much we owe you. the title is perfect.
By AnjelicJ on Wednesday, 9 May 2007 8:16 PM
When our loved ones go to war, this is what is left. A mother, A wife, A sister, A girlfriend, A Best Friend, desperate and lost.
The little one reaching out really sets the picture. When you feel empty and dead inside , you still have this little life that keeps you going. However, you still have the strain of knowing you MAY possibly go at it alone. Your hope is that it is only for a short time other than permenantly. This picture should be dedicated to all of the individuals out there, waiting for thier soldier to come home. To all who are raising thier child/children alone or someone else's child/children until this awful war is over. So many lives being lost, and so many hearts breaking. This picture should be out for the world to see.....ecspecially President Bush! It's time our soldiers come home.
By Ruth Boyette on Sunday, 13 May 2007 4:26 AM
This brings to the forefront, the underlying strength for our soldiers. Their families are the ones who keep them going and will keep them going in the event they do not make it back home. These are the pictures we need to see on the news.
By vivencio on Wednesday, 16 May 2007 10:12 AM
I symphatized with you, you got my vote.
By MissJames on Friday, 18 May 2007 7:55 PM
Powerful, heartwrenching, hopeful...brilliant!
By corcoranp on Thursday, 24 May 2007 2:00 PM
It has been a long time since I've seen a picture as powerful as this one. I was over whelmed with emotion when I first saw this.
Very Emotional
By Annley on Friday, 6 July 2007 1:20 PM
I must admit it made me sad...very very powerful
By Suzy on Sunday, 15 July 2007 6:09 AM
I didn't really care for this picture. It's too obvious, the wedding ring and the dog tags... All I see when I look at the picture is a staged shot.
i agree, suzy!
By christie on Monday, 16 July 2007 2:45 AM
I was really touched by this photo, but I have to agree with Suzy, it looks very, very staged. It's a very nice thought, but too contrived.
By eggnostriva on Friday, 20 July 2007 7:05 PM
this photo is staged, mawkish and schmaltzy. If this is the moment our eyes are supposed to accept, why is this photographer present. People are pulling your strings. The emotion you should feel is anger to the person behind the camera who was happy to stage this tableau for you. I hate it.
By marc on Friday, 20 July 2007 8:44 PM
the biggest load of crap I've seen today
mega pussies
By Dylan on Sunday, 22 July 2007 5:49 PM
Agree with eggnostriva's comment. "Hate it."
tired soldier
By teh on Sunday, 22 July 2007 7:01 PM
i am tired of all of you! all who ask the same questions over and over again. "what was it like?" "did you kill anyone?" all of you against and for the war. and especially all of the self rightous singers and songwriter and movie makers and photographers using our fight to make you a hit movies or top song. i hope you all rot in hell !

your american soldier
By d3phext on Sunday, 22 July 2007 9:50 PM
i didn't even read the comments before i agreed with suzy and eggnostriva. i imagined the photographer saying "ok... now pretend you're crying!"
By stumbler on Monday, 23 July 2007 2:46 PM
I feel no emotion in this picture. I believe it looks artificial and staged, who in their right minds would pick up a camera and photograph a scene like this? Its a good idea, put in a further away perspective not quite so close up it might seem more real. (imo)
Supporting the troops
By Dr T on Wednesday, 25 July 2007 7:54 PM
Thank you.
Trite and forced
By Greymase on Thursday, 16 August 2007 2:49 PM
This is all about your idea of how the moment should be. I think this is incredibly low brow, and therefore no surprise that bozos are saying it is an important picture for our country.
By Jordan on Monday, 20 August 2007 10:32 PM
Wow. The amount of cynicism that this photographer is living with must be just unbearable. Is this really the best you can do? Not only is this a horrifically staged shot, it is disgustingly penetrative. Just so you know: it is possible to be profound about the realities of war whilst also being subtle. Some people make *The Deer Hunter*. Other people take pictures like this.
By ryan on Tuesday, 21 August 2007 11:26 PM
this would be far more affective if it didn't look like a jewelry add
By kimf on Monday, 29 December 2008 4:37 PM
Whether it's staged or not, the emotions in the woman's face need to be seen. The very fact that it is so personal is what makes it so powerful. A lot of people think about soldiers dying. How many think about those left behind? But even if you are not a mother or wife of a soldier, nor even a person with a relative in the armed forces, the very emotion of loss and grief is one that can be identified with. And the child reaching out to the mother... the most pure symbol of hope.
By usmcwifey on Wednesday, 23 June 2010 2:55 PM
I know the photographer of this shot. She is, herself, a military wife.
Just thought that all the naysayers should know.

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