21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
American Rust

This is America, or what's left of it. A photo I took of a rusty old sign I found by accident on the way to a job, this image is emblematic of the country's political, social, economic, and idealogical corrosion. At odds with its own deterioration, a gigantic thumbs-up in the middle of the sign signifies the paradoxical nature of living in today's America where the truth is no longer a condition of reality.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2023
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: None, United States of America
Camera: ILCE-5100
Copyright: © Jonathan Hargraves