The second flag I've uploaded.

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© Patrick Westerfield
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UploadedApril 17, 2008
TakenApril 9, 2008
Exposure1/162 sec at f/7.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length10.7 mm
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If you think that the title is odd, let me explain. I originally called this photo "Another Flag." My original description was: "I know I uploaded a photo of a flag a few days ago, but I really like the photographic challenge of a fluttering flag. I am happy with the way this one has turned out." You can see from the comments below that that title started a small controversy. I did not mean to make any sort of political statement in the title. The reactions did make me realize one thing.

Seeing our flag evokes very strong emotions. No one can dispute that. It is this power that people are attempting to use when they do something with (or to) our flag; whether that be by waving it, burning it, or a politician wrapping himself/herself in it.

The fact that the emotions are different is a tribute to American Democracy and tolerance.

No matter what emotions are sparked by the image, the power to evoke them can't be denied.

I want to let the image speak for itself. I will leave it to others to put meaning to it.

5 responses

  • David Lee Tiller

    David Lee Tiller gave props (24 Apr 2008):

    Not just another flag my friend. It is the reason my children sleep safely in thier own beds this night. Thank you. Peace David.

  • Patrick Westerfield

    Patrick Westerfield said (29 Apr 2008):

    When I said "Another Flag." I was referring to the image of the flag above was a different shot from the one that I submitted a few days before this photo. I wanted people to know that I did not simply submit the same image again.

  • Vicki Koch

    Vicki Koch said (1 Jun 2008):

    I was go to say "Not just another flag" too... then I figure you meant you had loaded one already and then I read you notes....
    Good Job! and may I say may God Bless America and may we all begin to understand what all it took for America to be this great and may we all fall on our knees once more - and not just on days of trouble.....
    Thank you for the great photo!!!!

  • Ben O'Neal

    Ben O'Neal said (2 Aug 2008):

    A flag is the obvious choice for this theme, but this is way more than your typical flag shot. I really like this Nice composition.

  • Kim Moua

    Kim Moua gave props (14 Sep 2008):

    love the angle you took this from - very nice! ;-)

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