On today, September 11, I needed to take a virtual visit to NYC to gather ideas for a presentation on Ellis Island I am creating. Needing some photos taken of the museum today, I turned to Flickr to see what kinds of photographs people are taking when they visit today.
I found the most amazing photographs by Paul, who is known as amiko on Flickr, and emailed him to seek permission to use his photos. He graciously replied giving permission and asked what I saw in his photos. When you spent three or four months researching a topic, you learn so much about the past that explains the present. How amazing it must have been to come from an isolated tiny village in Europe, where oppression and poverty drove people to leave everything and everyone behind, cross the Atlantic and see freedom expressed in this place despite their sadness and fear!
Thinking that students might be interested in the way he shot these photos, I decided to blog about how teachers might use selected photostreams from Flickr to teach skill in digital photography. Examine the techniques he used in perspective and centering.
Ellis Island Photostream by amiko
Paul's photos capture the emotion of the ordinary people viewing the exhibits at Ellis Island. The combination of the ordinary people of today and the ordinary people of yesterday says something about the immigrant nature of our country. If those in our past had not had the strength of will, the need for freedom and the voice of everyday man, we would not be the America that we are today.
Remembering those who lost their lives to terrorists, today on the 5th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, we pause and remember what it meant to want to be free and how much sacrifice it takes to do so...