i don't think it's an age thing. unless i'm mistaken, i recall this image is from WWII, and it's a Brit or Australian POW about to be executed in a Japanese POW camp. i first saw the photograph in late middle or high school, when i got super interested in photojournalism. i saw a lot of images as a kid then that were from decades before i was born that were amazing, terrible, and unfortunately stuck in my head in a not-always good way. which, is hopefully one of the finer points of good war photography. i want to say that this was a robert capa? i'm sure i'm wrong.
MY POINT is (long windedly) that it's not really age, but maybe more personality and empathetic response that makes a body react or not react to a photo like this. i'm not offended by the poster, i agree that it's a good play, however unfunny and totally fucked, on the situation captured here. RIP soldier. war sucks.
every time i've seen the original photo, all i can think is what that poor bastard thought as he heard the clicking of the camera right before he was beheaded. what an extra little piece of crap before being executed on your knees in the goddamned mud.