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Washday at Iwo Jima
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Mature  |  Published: August 17, 2008
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A welsh mountain somewhere in the south pacific
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TheMACchine's avatar
i feel this is the ultimate insult/tribute to marines, the ultimate irony/parody. 
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krisiskiller101Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly.
Bagoj's avatar
Makes me smile - more with its cleverness than its funnyness.
Without the ability to smile and laugh on things even victories in wars are worthless and pointless, and so are the sacrifices.
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Theakker5Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude, how disrespectful can you get?
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RS-KyraStudent Photographer
What a disgrace. I understand things like the Star Wars parody over there, but this is cheap and stupid. Every soldier in the original picture is continually rolling over in their graves.
Kazemizu's avatar
This is hilarious! I love it -- the idea, the execution, everything!
Philophobos's avatar
Much better than stupid war ;).
Bingbongbay's avatar
Great shot and pose. Love the picture.
Spanishalex's avatar
Irreverant,hilarious,excellent!
bka-ratte's avatar
what has a man to do that 4 beautiful women get naked for him? He needs cam...

perfect composition, brilliant photo! awesome!
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AmeliaMartin1989Hobbyist Photographer
HAHAHA brilliant
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StrixCZHobbyist General Artist
Clever :nod: :clap: :+fav:
JacquiJax's avatar
This amazing photo has been featured here: [link] :D :hug:
semi234-part2's avatar
Well done!

Not to mention, I know many of my Marine brothers still sucking sand who would go gaga over this. LOL
DjRose's avatar
wow Total: 18,978 :rofl: dooh ...there are nude girls dooh !! good shot!
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GillyPerkyGothProfessional Artist
Heheheh^^ Very cool!
Kjrin132's avatar
:music:"...from sea to shining sea!!:music:
idexo's avatar
idexoHobbyist Filmographer
kore wa saykoo XD
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OneLeggedHoboStudent Digital Artist
I understand the element of parody and lightheartedness in this (or that others have described to be in this, anyway), and while a parody like this commenting on freedoms of various kinds is well thought out, the gratuity with which this was executed makes me a little sad.
ValkyriesVampsVixens's avatar
Ok I should really log in to DA a bit more often, I have just noticed the response to this and spent some time reading through all the comments ... I wish I had time to respond to you all but its not really practical ... so my apologies for that

However I will say this ... the image is whatever you want it to be,
Its designed to hold up a mirror, to you the viewer ... in its inception it was supposed to be an exercise in liberation in all its guises, I had not considered parody but its ok if that’s what you want it to be ... Rosenthal’s original is not without its controversy so im delighted this simple picture has incited its own (two years after it was taken)... that in itself makes it art which I find slightly embarrassing because I don’t actually think its technically a very good picture ... there are way too many positional mistakes (however it was at the top of a Welsh mountain at seven AM and it was bloody freezing!)
The original image transcends any socio-political boundaries its probably the most recognisable image of the twentieth century, its a global icon which stands for many things (versions have been used to promote everything from punk bands to Ikea) which is why I chose it as a starting point ...

Now if you have to consider the image to be nothing but parody ... I lost relatives in WWII which I am old enough to have remembered had they survived ... I grew up on my Grandfathers tales as a POW in Germany ... they all fought for my right to express myself freely, to not do so would be the greatest dishonour ... Im a socialist and a pacifist I’m not weighed down by the chains of patriotism ...
I wonder if those that believe the horror of war should not be parodied will be going to see Inglorious Bastereds ... personally I will and with extra popcorn
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AeonOfTimeProfessional Interface Designer
I did not know the original picture (yes, I am actually ashamed at that) you derived this from, so I did not see it as a parody at all. To be honest, I just found it quite funny and overall nice to look at.

When I read your comment, I realized there was more to it, but I still do not see it as a parody. But then I am not one to try and put too much meaning in a photograph, especially what you could call "light" entertainment like this (no offense intended) :)
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knytcrawlrHobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful photo...and i have to agree with gorillagraffix...

"how the hell DID you get 4 girls to do this pose?"
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