Last weekend Karen and I had the wonderful experience to spend time with my cousins and aunt in Washington, DC. It was their first experience to really see the Capitol. Being a teacher for her full career, my aunt continued to repeat that every American should have the experience to visit in person. It really does provide a perspective of our history as well as the current affairs. I will focus on this trip for my next several posts.
Since the first time I visited Washington almost 50 years ago, the statue of Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial has sent chills of pride through my body. It still does as I write this post. The firmness of his beliefs and sternness of his resolution as well as his heavy sorrow show in his face and eyes.
I converted this image to black and white to focus on Lincoln’s face. I applied several masks to darken the background, brighten his face, and highlight his eyes and expressions. This is the way I perceive his statue. Below is the image straight out of the camera for a comparison.