“But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there, not even poverty, nor sudden money, nor the moonlight, nor right and wrong nor the breathing of someone who lay beside you in the moonlight.”
"París era una fiesta"
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Real-life Grave of the Fireflies: (Photo) Stoic Japanese
orphan, standing at attention having brought his dead younger brother to
a cremation pyre, Nagasaki, by Joe O’Donnell 1945
This photograph was taken by an American photojournalist, Joe O’Donnell, in Nagasaki in 1945.
He recently spoke to a Japanese interviewer about this picture:
“I saw a boy about ten years old walking by. He was carrying a baby
on his back. In those days in Japan, we often saw children playing with
their little brothers or sisters on their backs, but this boy was
clearly different. I could see that he had come to this place for a
serious reason. He was wearing no shoes. His face was hard. The little
head was tipped back as if the baby were fast asleep.
“The boy stood there for five or ten minutes. The men in white masks
walked over to him and quietly began to take off the rope that was
holding the baby. That is when I saw that the baby was already dead. The
men held the body by the hands and feet and placed it on the fire.
“The boy stood there straight without moving, watching the flames. He
was biting his lower lip so hard that it shone with blood. The flame
burned low like the sun going down. The boy turned around and walked
Si tuviera que ponerle cara al horror de la guerra, sería la de este niño la que utilizaría. No me interesa saber quienes son los buenos o quienes los malos, sus motivos o sus técnicas: mientras esta fotografía viva en mi cabeza nadie me convencerá de violencia alguna.