America Unfiltered, the American flag is a bold assertion, making a statement that can impress, incite, and evoke a range of responses. America is a series of color images photographed through differing layers of tracing paper, creating opaqueness to the flag with the intent of softening it. In this process, this national emblem shifts from a statement into an invitation for conversation and reflection. Varying the transparency of each photographed flag has the effect of varying its strength. Multiple image pieces introduce relationships, which further deepen and expand the dialog. In its totality, this body of work represents the ebb and flow of consciousness regarding what it means to be American. The images request introspection about our history, what divides us, what unites us, and, ultimately: What does it mean to be American? America was photographed with a Hasselblad coupled with a digital back. The photographs are printed on a photo rag paper. Notes: America utilizes a variety of flags; the St. George Cross Flag (1497) which was flown on the Mayflower and was the first flag flown on American soil, the King’s Color Flag (aka the Grand Union Flag - 1606) which was the flag of England during the English Colonization and flew over these colonies for over 100 years, the Betsy Ross Flag (1777), the first American Flag and of course, Old Glory, our current flag which became the Official United States Flag on July 4, 1860.