Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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Fallen Flag

Photo taken by Dem-Eyez, a 20-year-old student in Los Angeles, CA. Born and raised in Southern California, Dem-Eyez has been working with visual arts for a number of years now. She derives her pseudonym from the double-entendre of “them/those eyes” and “demise.” Dem-Eyez also publishes literary work under the name Autumn Hamnet, an homage to her fiery red hair, her favorite season, one of vivid death and decay, and Shakespeare’s deceased son. She has written her entire life as an outlet for moderate depression and suffers from panic disorder as well, a condition which worsened after her father’s stroke in 2010.

About this photo: “This photograph was taken a few days prior to the 4th of July in a Los Angeles-area Home Depot. The subject is a damp, tattered American flag lying amongst the moist pavement in the plant section outside. I thought it was an ironic image that conveyed both the lack of reverence in commercial America and how disposable patriotism can be.”

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