21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Woman Sitting Under the American Flag

While I was photographing model Seriana Gamble in a series by creative director Erica Garrett-Ray called "The Hair Project," along with photography assistant Anaysia Taylor, this flag stood out among all other scenery in the Old Salem district of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. As Black women have had to battle to make our hair accepted in society, even so far as to demand legislation to accept us, seeing the flag was a reminder of how far our country has come and how far we have yet to go.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2023
Date Uploaded: 10.2023
Photo Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America
Camera: PENTAX K-1 Mark II
Copyright: © Sharlie Brown
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