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Cpl. Gary L. Moore

by Nate Billings Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:21 pm •  Published: March 25, 2009
A relative of Gary Moore hugs his casket as services for Cpl. Gary Moore begin at Southwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, March 24, 2009. Moore, of Del City, died March 16 when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Iraq. He was 25. PHOTO BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN
A relative of Gary Moore hugs his casket as services for Cpl. Gary Moore begin at Southwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, March 24, 2009. Moore, of Del City, died March 16 when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Iraq. He was 25. PHOTO BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN

As photographers, we have very little control over what happens to our pictures after we turn them into the newspaper. Often they are cropped or not even run at all for a variety of reasons, some reasonable, some not. What I like about this blog is that we can show you the photo as we think it should be seen.

This photo by John Clanton ran on today’s front page with a very different crop that cut off the bottom half of the photograph. I think the uncropped version, shown above, is a more powerful image. Since we cannot see the subject’s face, the picture relies on body language to add to the emotion. If his legs are cut off, as in the photo on the front page, we lose the subtle lean and the raised foot of the subject. The crop also weakens the composition of the picture.

I hope photographs like the one above will make people pause for a moment to consider the loss of Cpl. Moore and the other soldiers who have died in Iraq.

-Nate Billings

by Nate Billings
Photographer
Nate Billings never planned to become a photojournalist. He took pictures as a hobby growing up and worked as an assistant for his father, a commercial still and video photographer, but chose to study English Literature in college. Billings did...
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