Happy Birthday, America

The Star Spangled Banners, Aix-en-Provence, France, July 4, 2000

I was planning to make a new posting yesterday, but somehow that got postponed until today.  I was going to make that post today, with newly scanned photos, but as today is Independence Day here in the U.S. of A., I thought I’d post this photo that I made of two American flags a dozen years ago today in the French city of Aix-en-Provence.
I don’t know if the people who put these flags out for all to see were French or American or from somewhere else, but seeing them on display in a country outside the U.S. made me feel proud to be an American.  I guess those people felt that we were doing something right here.
Of course, a lot has changed since a group of bold men got together 236 years ago to sign the Declaration of Independence.  They lived in a place where they felt that change needed to happen – so they risked their lives to change things.
Many people today feel that the system needs to be changed again – not by revolution, perhaps, but through the methods those bold men left for us.  Others are against change – but if those people felt that way back then, we’d still be celebrating the queen’s birthday here.
Finally, I guess it’s appropriate that Old Glory was being flown in France, as the American revolutionaries could not have won the war of independence against the British without the help of the French military, particularly the French Navy.  I also have to think of one of our recent presidential elections, when there were people who didn’t want to vote for one particular candidate because he spoke French.  I guess those folks prefer to have leaders with less education rather than more.
How things have changed indeed in 236 years.

About Dave Rudin

Dave Rudin is a fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in art nude and travel photography, using black & white film and making silver gelatin prints in a darkroom.
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