In the early 1990’s I came out to Illinois to attend Graduate School and be a part of the Rural Documentary Program at Illinois State University. It quickly became obvious that I had little understanding of or appreciation for the rural and farm lifestyle. I then started photographing simulations of the American Flag.which were rare I was not used to them or the atmosphere in which they resided. They were few and far between. They seemed to sit at an intersection of patriotism, popular culture and religion. Though I was only familiar with part of that intersection, I began toexamine and photograph it.
After 9/11, flags, simulations of flags and photographs of the American Flag became so
commonplace, I stopped photographing them. There seemed to be largely superficial
thought behind them and the images of them. Sadly, many simulations of the flag
have greatly deteriorated or disappeared .
Within the last few years, I have started photographing them again. Some are just
remnants of 9/11. Others are deeply meaningful to those who have created them and
some are commercial plays on that meaning. Others are purely political. There are those
that love and create them, for whom they hold great meaning and love them as much as
the people who believe the flag should only exist as a flag,
Images are archival pigment inkjet Prints on cotton rag paper