Just a symbol?

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“Broad stripes and bright stars…” Woodbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard

Maybe it’s just me, but do you see something suggestive in this image? Is there some sort of reference about how the meaning of the ‘old red, white and blue’ (purity, courage, and vigilance) have been reduced to black and white, and from something that is soft and flexible, that will wave in a breeze, into something rigid and unyielding like a fence. Of course it is possible to wrap oneself in the former while championing the latter, but it takes a particular lack of sensibility I find unsavory.

Of course we shouldn’t take any of this too seriously; after all it’s only a photograph, a symbol, and what do they amount to anyway?

Olympus OMD EM1 with 40-150mm f2.8 zoom, processed in Snapseed.

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