Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"That our Flag Was Still There"

"O! say can you see by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"
J’ai commencé ce projet par chercher quelque chose complètement différent que je voulais. Je cherchais les choses et les gens qui ont exprimé une sorte de négativité contre nos pays mais j’étais étonnée de trouver qu’il y a une certaine nationalité qui existe toujours ici, sous la forme simple d’un drapeau Amérique. Je me suis promené des voisinages qu’on s’est attendu de trouver l’oppression. Au lieu de trouver le désespoir j’ai découvert une sorte de beauté et d’espoir par ces drapeaux. Ils nous rappellent d’où nous venons et ce que nous, comme une nation et un monde, essayons à faire.


  1. I really like the flag repetition in each picture. I am reminded of William Eggleston with the colors and the red accents. My favorite is the one with the old man who is glaring at the camera.

  2. My favorite part of these photos is the contrast between the supposed american dream and american actuality; that is, the average middle class-ness of the portrayal of these photos, all in juxtaposition with the symbol of America which in itself symbolizes prosperity and opportunity. Personally, I would like to see a greater representation of the american individual (i.e. people in other photographs); at the same time, I appreciate simply having to imagine what the inhabitants of these homes are like.

  3. The coloring of these photos is very appealing. I love the contrast of the overcast, colorless sky with the bold red and blue of the flag in each picture. The fact that you chose to highlight the lower-income, slightly more rural and "farmsteady" part of America is very interesting. I really like it. The only photo that doesn't hit me as strongly is the second to last one, because my eye is drawn more to the blue box on the roof than the flag.

  4. This essay stood out to me for the colors and the theme. I think the best pictures are the ones where the flag is either centered or using the rule of thirds. For me, the third photo was the weakest because of this reason - the flag wasn't in a position that drew my eyes to it like the others. I really liked the second photo because of the candid gaze of the man (reminded me of Robert Frank) but I would have liked it to be more straight, the fence is a bit distracting. But even though they aren't necessarily taken of pretty things- the photos themselves are really interesting, which reminds me of William Eggleston's approach.

  5. I think it is interesting that in looking for one thing you found yourself taking pictures of the exact opposite. It is so interesting that these flags are found in the most cluttered places, but you managed to take the chaos and turn in into something really tangible. I really like the one with the cowboy man. Nice work.

  6. I think the flags do a good job connecting the different pictures; they give a continuity that I don’t think it would have otherwise. Because the focus is on the flags, I think I would have preferred to have the first picture show the flagpole completely, but I know that might not have been possible from where you took it.

    You ultimately came away with a feeling of pride in the United States, but that makes me wonder if it might have been better to choose a different filter. The one used seems to have sapped the color of a lot of bright light that would have brought more cheer. However, I understand it’s probably difficult to take pictures like that in the winter.

    I liked the fourth picture the best. It made me really wonder who lived there, and I liked the different lines in the picture.