14. Forgotten Flag, Abandoned Walker

I took this photograph on the grounds of a retirement home that had closed, as a prelude to inevitable development.  I am drawn to abandoned spaces, and abandoned spaces don't last long in Santa Monica.  What can be more desolate that a building where people with nowhere else to go had come to die -- and now this last refuge had been emptied.  Why was the shabby flag still on display?  Why was the walker abandoned beside it?  Such an unlikely thing to be forgotten -- outside, beside a flag.  After I took the photo I thought, maybe Atlantic Monthly will buy this to illustrate an article on the American health care system.  Not that I know how to sell photos to Atlantic Monthly, but hope springs eternal for those who take desolate photographs.

The nature of the photographic process - it is about failure.  Most everything I do doesn’t quite make it. The failures can be intelligent; nothing ventured nothing gained. Hopefully you’re risking failing every time you make a frame.

--Garry Winogrand 

 Santa Monica

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