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Published: June 16, 2011
© 2011 - 2019 MRBee30
In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your knowledge that man's proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it's yours.


(c) 2011 Property of, Will Merzlak.
Photograph taken and edited by Me.
5010x3336 Version available only by request.
My own resources were used in the making of this piece.


The Original non-cropped version can be located here.
Image size
800x751px 527.06 KB
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/250 second
Focal Length
85 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jun 13, 2011, 7:18:50 PM
GIMP 2.6.9
Sensor Size
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appleseedexm's avatar
Totally stunning... Very great piece of art!

Would love to get my hands on the big version.. *_*
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KreepingSpawnProfessional Digital Artist
Lean, mean, fightin' machine. ;}
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CodyWilliamHobbyist Photographer
That is amazing, I wonder where he was going? Was this guy all alone? It looks like he was prepared to really do some work, especially with the machine gun he has.
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nmhphotosHobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous shot. It very accurately embodies the steadfastness and hope that a soldier [should] represent. Might I suggest a wider landscape crop from the original? Both are lovely :]
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xbastexHobbyist Photographer
I have featured this exquisite piece of Your work [link]
Please :+fav: the article if you like it, and so that the work will get more exposure.
HELLGATEMARINEProfessional Filmographer
Amazing pic my friend.....the phrase too
Tentor32's avatar
Nice photo and nice speech. You're one of a kind!
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Your words are wise, your words are true, and you truly are, what is. If I could have kept, what in it's glory I would call wisdom, I would have done so, but perhaps, it was meant that I would loose touch with it, lest I be too destructive in an age where youth often burns truer than thy wisdom of the universe, or even just this world. I commend thee sir. :salute:
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FrodoPrimeHobbyist Photographer
powerful commentary
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joesrageHobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome picture. I really like the balance between the soft background and sharp focus. It reminds me of the poem, "Naming of Parts".

Not quite sure of the wisdom of wearing a night vision device during the day though... ;)
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RobotsWithCookiesHobbyist General Artist
Again, you amaze me! :la:
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LouiseDProfessional Digital Artist
Good Picture, nice use of the light :blackrose:
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Where;d you get the PVS-14?
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I would love to have this for a wallpaper size.. the words are brilliant and his face looks almost alien, outstanding
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Badass dude! looks like a promotion for Modern Warfare 3 ^^
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