That's what usually goes through my mind on Independence Day. One morning in my early teens, my family and I entered a nondescript government building in New Orleans as foreign citizens and came out Americans.
Inside we took an oath and recited the pledge of allegiance. We adopted the symbol that unites all Americans, Old Glory.
I received emails from many of you over the past week asking what I was going to shoot on July 4th. When I think of this holiday visually, I think of symbols like the flag or its colors red, white, and blue. That says Independence Day to me.
For many of you, the symbols include fireworks or cookouts. Or maybe you favor more patriotic images, like I do.
I'm proposing a thematic challenge this week. What does Independence Day mean to you? Either share pictures or words.
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Once you have a great photo, post it in the comments here or tag it #composition21 when you post it on Twitter or Flickr. Note: Just post the link to your photo, and the system will generate your preview icon.
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What so proudly we hail
Get some Independence inspiration with my Flickr Favorite Flags Gallery.