Are We In Tatters?


The Oddities You See Along The Road.

Traveling as much as we’ve been you often see some strange and interesting things. Normally, I don’t have time to actually make a meaningful picture. But, not this time. I made everybody stop and wait. I’m not having that much fun on the road so they could wait for me.

I made this picture.

You must remember that after 911 when the towers came down Americans showed their patriotism by flying the flag. Flags started out looking new, but as the days turned into weeks, and the weeks turned into months and finally into years, the flags started getting wet, dirty and ragged. They looked like the one in the picture. A this point, they should be disposed of properly, usually with a small ceremony and being burned.

Most well-meaning people don”t know this. So, their once pristine flag looks like the one you are looking at. I lost no time making the photograph.

To me this is as symbolic as most pictures that I’ve made in the past couple of years. I feel this way about about the country right about now. We are tattered. We are standing on a cliff. We could go either way. And, that scares the hell out of me.

Happy Monday.

Hey, did you hear the one about Louisiana? The state is red. It is anti-abortion. But, this one… I don’t care where you stand on the issue because I assume you have common sense. A woman and her husband were so happy that she was pregnant. After the usual scans their ob/gyn had horrible news for them. The fetus had no skull. There could never be any meaningful life. Ever.

No hospital will perform the abortion needed to terminate the pregnancy. The mom-to-be must carry the fetus to full term.

Is that cruel? Or what?

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at Ray@Laskowitzpicturess.com or Pictures34@me.com. For a quick look at my work please go to www.laskowitzpictures.com.

4 thoughts on “Are We In Tatters?

  1. Refusing abortion under those circumstances should be criminal. (It’s already morally reprehensible.) Fortunately, there are other states without these devil-made laws. New Mexico comes to mind.

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    1. Having lived in NM and loving the state, I agree with you. But… guess who this affects more than others? The people who cannot afford to travel for any kind of medical work. The whole thing is reprehensible. While I’m liberal on most things, I’m Libertarian on abortion. The government should have no say at all on what anybody does with their bodies. If a woman decides on abortion it’s between her and her god. Full stop.

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  2. As I’ve heard the tragic story coming out of Louisiana and thought about this poor woman, I’ve thought of the trauma inflicted on her and her partner, as well as their families. It’s barbaric. The symbolism in your photo is spot on.

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    1. It’s worse than I knew. Some state legislator moved a bill for a vote. It contained this. Abortion is murder and should be sentenced as such. Luckily, it got worse. He wanted to make it retroactive for at least ten years.

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