The images I saw at the museum took an emotional toll on me. Although, I personally have never experienced war, but the images allowed the viewers to visually experience war. As Sontag said, photographs stay with us longer, they are evidence of true events. There were some images in which I had to look away. The photographs sparked sorrow, fear, and heartbreak. Personally I felt as if the photographs that were not taken in combat, but either before or after war were the most emotionally powerful. The images of the soldiers either on their way or waiting for battle were powerful because the photographs embodied the anxiety and fear so vividly that I, as an outside viewer, felt it too.
However, the images that were the most heart wrenching for me, were those of families and innocent children that were brutally effected by war. The kind of exposure children had to war in their daily lives was difficult to see. Seeing how the destruction of war goes beyond the battlefield and into the homes of civilians upset me because I am opposed to one of the realities of war, which is how innocent people witness, and sometimes unfortunately endure such atrocities.