Mercy by bobfoto

Mercy

Thought I'd add another USNS Mercy shot. I like how instantaneous the Red Cross symbol is. But I also like rust. And I also like how there is a dude up there manning an automatic weapon.

Do I wish there was a blue sky that day? Not sure.

Photo taken 13 August 2008 in Port Moresby Harbour.
that's one huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge cross
August 17th, 2012  
The Red Cross symbol is certainly a recognizable symbol. There is a lot going on in your photos, but it all goes together (name of ship, red cross, rust and a man with an automatic weapon (!). Although I like blue skies, I think this one looks good without the blue because the ship stands out from the white background.
August 17th, 2012  
I didn't even notice the little man until a second glimpse at the picture, well I'm sure he isn't little but compared to the red cross, he's teeny. The rust looks great too!
August 17th, 2012  
@houdiniem @anotherdreamer - yeah I wonder what font size that cross would be?

@daisy - I do think the overcast skies kinda help. Thanks Kathryn :)
August 17th, 2012  
What a whopper!
Do you think they wanted the 'mercy' sign & red cross to be noticed?
August 17th, 2012  
@filsie65 - there were several of these Red Crosses on the entire ship... stood out like Dog's nuts eh?
August 17th, 2012  
The man really gives it all size and the weapon gives it context. Great statement shot
August 18th, 2012  
@tigerdreamer - It was so impressive inside. The US Military certainly know how to operate.
August 18th, 2012  
I also like that huge cross, the rust and that little guy with the big gun. I'm glad the sky is white, I think a blue sky would drown out that ship.
August 18th, 2012  
Great combination Jason, sends an interesting message "love to help but we are a Naval vessel "
August 18th, 2012  
Mixed messages indeed
August 18th, 2012  
Nah. I think the white sky is perfect for this. It would compete too much with the Red Cross and the rust.
August 18th, 2012  
@kjarn @webfoot - Thanks Kathy and Paul, I think you guys are right!

@tonydebont @swilde - Yeah, it kinda says "we want to help, but don't push to the front of the queue"
August 18th, 2012  
That guy really puts the size of the ship into perspective.. damn thats big
August 19th, 2012  
@michelleyoung - You should have seen the inside!
August 20th, 2012  
OMG I wish lol
August 20th, 2012  
It is at the same time a conundrum and understandable why the automatic weapon is there. Doesn't seem to fit with the name. :)
August 20th, 2012  
@geocacheking - some of those sick people can be quite aggressive in demanding health care!
August 21st, 2012  
@michelleyoung - It was well impressive, all the theatres and wards all working efficiently and with military precision.
August 21st, 2012  
Lyn
Nah, no blue sky needed here. . .amazing that the gunner is there on a mercy ship. . .sad.
August 21st, 2012  
@lyno - Even their medical ships need protection. This was learnt during the Second World War when even Merchant Vessels and ships carrying POWs were sunk.
August 21st, 2012  
Great capture of an ironic tension. Irony or oxymoron? Regardless, the juxtaposition of symbolism is striking. But understandable in the risk they take. By the way, that may be the first time I've used the word juxtaposition in a sentence.
August 22nd, 2012  
And now you have used it twice... @losthorizon
August 22nd, 2012  
Nice Impact shot! The rust dripping from the anchor is interesting.
August 22nd, 2012  
@angeliquenordal - I wonder how often they clean it up?
August 22nd, 2012  
wow that´s enormous! :D and i think, noo! no blue sky needed! ;)
August 23rd, 2012  
@agentzuckerguss - Cool thanks!
August 24th, 2012  
Rust is pretty cool.
September 17th, 2012  
@hellcat - like some of us, it never sleeps or so they say...
September 17th, 2012  
oooo... are you a non-sleeper too?
September 18th, 2012  
@hellcat - the past two weeks have been good... the last 2 nights have seen a return to sleep patterns of the previous life.
September 18th, 2012  
gotcha... sleep is for the weak :p
September 19th, 2012  
@hellcat - plenty of time for sleeping when I am dead I guess.
September 19th, 2012  
That's the running theory. Just don't accidentally invite death over for a beer cause your sight is all sleep deprived and wonky.
September 19th, 2012  
@hellcat - Good call.
September 19th, 2012  
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