Turn to Uncle Sam

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Here is a quick post of a picture I took while in Nashville. It garnered a lot of attention on Flickr, so I thought I would share it here. This is also a peep into how I look for shots while on the streets. After dropping off some film at Film Box, I was driving just South of Nashville near the fair grounds. I happen to look to my left and this flag hanging in a doorway of what looked to be an abandoned building, caught my eye. I found a place to park and took a look at the scene. It did not immediately see the shot, but I knew there was something interesting about this display, given its location in this urban scene. When I looked down at the road and saw the painted left turn arrow, it hit me: Turn to Uncle Sam. I felt this was perfect in two ways. The most obvious reason is the arrow pointing to Old Glory. The not so obvious reason is the fact that a lot of urban minority youth from neighborhoods like this, often turn to Uncle Sam as a way to get out of the ghetto. This was probably more true back in the day than it is now. Click on the photo below to see the entire image.

 

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