I did the photoblitz safari assignment during a lunch break, while on business travel to a naval hospital in California. The hospital is named after Robert Eugene Bush, who distinguished himself as an 18 year old sailor during the Battle of Okinawa in WWII. He was the youngest Navy sailor to earn the Medal of Honor in WWII, which was awarded by President Truman. During the battle, the Hospital Apprentice Third Class continued to fight off the enemy while administering lifesaving blood plasma to a wounded Marine officer. HA1 Bush was himself wounded but initially refused medical help until those who he was aiding were safely evacuated. A pair of sculptures depicting this heroism stands in front the naval hospital and is where I based my photo blitz. My appreciation for the work and dedication of our U.S. military medical corps grew in the past two years, while I was on this particular client project. Doing this photo blitz was a sentimental look back as I prepare to move on to a different client project.
I kept the safari within the fifteen minutes, but I forgot to take a photo of my iPhone right at the 15 minute mark, hence the ending time is 17 minutes past the beginning time. It was a cold, windy day in the desert and I had not been dressed appropriately for the desert winds, so I was ready to head back inside the building after fifteen minutes. I was only able to take twelve of the fifteen suggested photos, but am satisfied with how they turned out. I’ve provided a matrix below the photo gallery to show which photo is what.
|April 2, 1:08 p.m.||Beginning time|
|Red rose||Dominated by a single color|
|Shadows building wall||Interesting shadow|
|Close up view of stones with sculpture in background||Unusual angle|
|Flags||Into bright light; motion|
|Shoe reflected on a brass propeller||Shoe or foot|
|Ship’s anchor in a parking lot against a desert landscape||Two things that do not belong together|
|Sculpture of Robert E. Bush seen through anchor opening||Looking through a frame or opening|
|Sculpture of Robert E. Bush holding both lifesaving medication and death dealing weapon||Metaphor for complexity|
|Medal of Honor Citation Plaque||Representing joy|
|Hospital architecture||Converging lines|
|April 2, 1:25 p.m.||Ending time|