Patriotism

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Patriotism

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the heart of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” Marcus Tullius Cicero

“To oppose corruption in government is the highest obligation of patriotism.”
― G. Edward Griffin

Black and White Photography


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With todays advances in photography and videography we have become accustom to seeing everything in high definition color, to the point if something is not HDR we tend to feel that something is missing.  Today, it is rare to see a movie that is black and white, to see photos in recently published books or magazines that are black and white, everything tends to be in color.  Why, color grabs your attention, something in the image will force your eyes to gravitate towards it. It could be your favorite color, a specific pattern or a sudden blur of colors.  Many of todays youths find black and white boring because there are no colors, nothing is speaking to them; to which they immediately dismiss the photo/video as interesting. However, for most, it generates the opinion that a photo is antiquated and archaic. 

Although technology offers me the capability to do magnificent things with color, I find myself gravitating to black and white. I have a love for black and white photography, perhaps its due to my childhood of being exposed to all the old black and white movies, spending countless hours looking at photography books that depicted a greater quality of black and white images rather than color.  Conceivably its more nostalgic, black and white reminds me that there was a past, what I am looking at already happened and more than likely will never occur the same way again.

While researching online I came across the following quote, “When you photography people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white you photograph their souls,” stated by Ted Grant.  When I read this quote I found myself agreeing immediately.  I find myself focusing more on the subject of the photograph rather than the environment, usually a color photograph will distract from the subject. Black and white photos tend to force the observer to focus on the subject and gather information through the subjects’ actions. Black and white photos create a timeless effect, the photo immediately places you into a state of understanding that this is a moment of time that was captured and most likely will never occur the same way again, if it can even be reproduced! Another reason why black and white intrigues me is due to the simplistic nature of it, the photo is void of overpowering colors that may create a distractions and overshadow the subject itself.  The simple power of contrast in black and white photos can create dramatic moments, create a powerful emotion that would have been lost in a color photograph. 

 

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