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"The American," 2009
awaken2sun
Submitted by: awaken2sun | 1:57pm, Jul 28
Culver City CA United States
8 Comments


My Vision of Peace
My mission is to explore the embedded power play between photographer and subject, and ultimately image and spectator. This documentary photograph, taken in Pomona County, California, with one of the highest foreclosure rates in the U.S., is an attempt to give agency to a person who has lost most of what is considered valuable by our capitalist society. This piece draws attention to the unsung hero, who was rocked by the after-affects of a decision made 3,000 miles away yet still faithfully calls himself an American. Each person having agency and voice allows for freedom and that is the first step toward peace.


Medium
"The American" is printed in an 18th century photographic process, called Van Dyke Brown. The technique's origin and apparent visual antiquity immediately hurls the notions of time and history into the conceptual frame work of a contemporary piece.

Van Dyke Brown photograph on cotton
20"x20"

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7 people like this.

awaken2sun     2:04am, Jul 29

awaken2sun

Powerful image -- really makes me want to talk with the subject and learn his story. Love the process and thinking behind it as well.


theroadhome     9:52am, Jul 29

theroadhome

Holy Moly...This is really powerful. At first glance you might think it was something from the 30's a la depression era...looking closer you notice the plastic storage bins and late model truck. Those bins that represent everyone's temporary existence. Great work.


dreaddaze     4:50pm, Jul 31

dreaddaze

real life vibes that is


kelseymarie     3:57pm, Aug 11

kelseymarie

Just wanted to say thank you for these encouraging comments. I have never really had anything besides academic feedback. Its very inspiring.


ckay     11:28am, Oct 26

ckay

I am just moved by this image. life is fragile, our experience can be affected and changed in an instant. I love the Van Dyke effect with modern life situation that mimics the past.


treamaluna     3:03pm, Nov 09

treamaluna

This offers some perspective about how time repeats itself... It does look like an image from the '30's, depression era... but it's also so "right now"... Great work!


lmarshall5     11:38am, Dec 10

lmarshall5

I, too, am reminded of Walker Evans powerful photos during the depression. Please submit this to Newsweek or the news or somewhere where we can understand the human ramifications of the foreclosure disasters.


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