Part of the larger composition (photograph above), the individual images by photographic artist Lorraine Beattie each tell a story and are worthy of time and attention to read them well. In the digital age these works stand out as recording traces of history but also as an artistic and very humanitarian interpretation of the realities of war.
Crossing all cultures and reaching out metaphorically were these delicate images. Their apparent simplicity provides space for the individual viewer to read what is personally relevant regardless of nationality.
The photographs of tombstones bring an international reading; Lorraine's travel and research covered many countries and military cemeteries. We are reminded that war crosses boundaries and the ultimate sacrifice does not depend on culture or politics but is a tragedy for all people in all nations.
The cover image for the 2010 Legato depliant is the photograph "Freedom" by Lorraine. This image seemed to say it all; the pain, the beauty, past and present, the quiet hope for a peaceful future.
Central to the message of the cross-form presentation of the works is the striking colour of this message of hope. "Reaching Out"
All of these works are Limited Edition Photography on Giclee Canvas.
(For more images please go to the Legato photo page here.)