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2014 Blog Project: Week 20

June 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Blog Project Week 20: Victory

Victory is a funny thing. The definition calls it "the act of defeating an enemy or opponent". Yikes. So serious!

When I first pulled out the word Victory, I immediately imagined football season and kind of wished I had pulled the word out this fall. In my head I went right back to cheerleading and spelling out the word in one of our cheers. The crisp October breeze and bright leaves changing colors. Impressive what one word can bring back memories of. I almost gathered up my Bergen Catholic State Champs 2001 t-shirt and mega phone to photograph together until I started to think more broadly.

I thought about big victories and little victories. Personal victories and widespread victories (like sports teams winning championships). We can have little personal victories, like the person who pushes themselves everyday and one day finally finishes a marathon. We can have larger victories like May 8, 1945 when the world (or parts of the world at least) celebrated Victory in Europe and we saw the official surrender of the Nazi's to the Allies. They are both victories, celebrated with triumph of pushing past what could have stopped you. Yes, one more serious than the other but victories nonetheless.

So I decided to photograph an end scene of my favorite board game of all time. Clue has always been my favorite board game going back to rocking the Clue Jr. edition. I always loved the observational reasoning that it required. It was a game of skill and logic that made you think and pay attention, and to this day I can still hear the sound effects from the Super Nintendo version of the game (like I said, it's my favorite game). This photo represents little victories and great victories alike. It can be an hour long board game with friends and family, or it can be a hunt for a violent murderer that you finally capture and send to jail (hmmmm see what I did with that there?).

No matter how big or small, all victories should be celebrated -- just don't become the sore winner that no one wants to play with anymore.


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