17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
American Values (Zombie Screen Edition)

From the cinematic ruins of drive-in theaters in the rural American south, a ghostly zombie projector reanimates the decayed screen for a new life. "American Values" is a catch-all phrase projected around the world, in both magnanimous and self-serving ways. This projection on a decaying screen poses a question of whether those values can withstand their aging process or crumble in the face of authoritarian movements and vast inequalities. On this abandoned screen, the phrase has begun to yield to the colonizing forces of entropy.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2019
Date Uploaded: 09.2019
Photo Location: Western North Carolina, North Carolina, United States of America
Camera: ILCE-7R
Copyright: © Casey Brown