In 2013 I was fortunate to spend some time in U.S. Nations Capitol, in Washington D.C.
Like other tourists, I spent a day touring around in Arlington Cemetery, a place to remember the dead and that is steeped in the history of the United States.
If as a Canadian, I am quietly patriotic, Americans are the opposite and proudly share their patriotism in a big way.
At the tomb of the Unknown Soldier you spend time in reflection and quite reverence and sit watching as the guards of the tomb change from one to the other.
I mean no disrespect in the making of this image but chose to point out that even in the tribute paid to the unknown, it is a spectacle.
The stars and strips like a bombs bursting in air and the neon I chose to portrait the guards, in a way, speaks to the patriotism that Americans display. Its loud, and occasionally overdone but deeply admired at the same time.
As an artist I often question social norms and create provocative art that looks at the world in satirical ways. This image does both deeply respect the intent but points out the obvious.
The images is offered here as a 30.48x45.72 cm image (12x18 inch) but I am happy to provide quotes for larger sizes.
The image is printed on pro luster archival quality paper.
Canon 7D, Photoshop CC 2015, Wacom Tablet, Archival Quality Paper
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