Monday, May 24, 2010

To West Point...

On Saturday I had the privilege of accompanying the President of the United States to the commencement ceremony at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Since coming to Washington in August, I have been inspired and influenced by the many talented photojournalists who call D.C. home. Specifically, one of my mentors, Stephen Crowley, has challenged me to think about how photographs relate to one another.

I hope each of these diptychs tell a story. How the commander in chief compares to those before him. How he reacts to hundreds of new young lives in his hands. What has changed? What stays the same?

Presidents embark upon their journey.

Airman and Marine stand by their birds. Air Force One, and Nighthawk 4.

Signs of respect for the Star Spangled Banner.

Graduating sixth in her class, Cadet Marisa Yarmie cracks a smile. This year the two top cadets of the class are women.

Body language during an invocation.

Cadets who have braved their four years in "The Corp," and those who have yet to prove themselves.

Tossing their cover, the class of 2010 is dismissed.

Thanks for looking!

**All photos copyright Luke Sharrett and the New York Times**


Patrick Fallon said...

Great work dude.

KENT said...

what pfal said. nicely done meister. you took visual storytelling and took it a step further.

Emily-Rose said...

Really great stuff, Luke.