Last night one of the ubiquitous 24-hour news cycles with nothing more meritorious to report, instead reported on an inane study that somebody at a major U.S. university wasted time, talent and no doubt money on, suggesting that the more often we take our children to 4th of July celebrations, the more likely they are to vote Republican.
Seriously?? Like I said, I-N-A-N-E.
I won’t even speculate on the science or methodology of the “study,” because the very fact that somebody did it is so ridiculous. Can we—just for one day—put the politics which inundate every instant of our being, and dominate every broadcast hour of the so-called “news” media, aside and all of us, whatever our politics, religion, color, creed, belief system, celebrate together the birthday of a great nation which is based on the very diversity that we have become so unreasonably polarized about? I’d like that. End of rant 🙂
By the way, I do believe Photographers are Patriotic. How can we not be? The symbols of our nation and its celebration of independence are universally photogenic. At its most basic form, photography is about light, form and color. How can we resist the bright and contrasty, red-white-and-blue of the American Flag with its white stars? So, hackneyed as it might be, I found myself taking images of the flag that waves from my front porch this morning. And I know this lighthouse has been up here before, but fireworks are a staple of 4th of July celebrations accross the country. This was shot on 4th of July weekend last summer. And, of course, the national bird, the Eagle, is exciting to see and shoot when the opportunity arises.
Wishing all Americans a happy and healthy 4th!