American Themes in Photography

What American themes do you observe in the photos featured in this presentation? How will you contribute to our "hashtag project", #anamericanstudies? Remember: you can substitute ONE original photo and analysis for one blog post per quarter.

Stories We Tell

Click here for an interview with Sarah Polley:

"I think I was always aware from the beginning that I wanted to include the construction of the film in the film, because that was an important part of what we were talking about. This idea of wanting to tell stories and how we are telling the stories. I thought to leave my own process of making this story out of it would have been dishonest in some ways, so I think in its inception it was really important to include that and for that to take the form of re-creations and then showing the mechanics and those re-creations."

When I Win the Lottery

Well I lost an eye in Mexico
Lost two teeth, where I don't know
People see me comin' and they move to the other side of the road
I robbed a liquor store or two
Made myself at home a few times
Borrowed myself a car when I needed it

I got me a shack at the bottom of the road
Fixin' cars and givin' tows
Spend all my money on the lottery

When I win the lottery gonna buy all girls on my block
A color tv and a bottle of french perfume
When I win the lottery gonna donate half my money to the city
So they have to name a street or a school or a park after me
When I win the lottery

Never run a flag up a pole
Like Mr. Red, White, and Blue down the road
But I never called myself a hero for killing a known communist
Now I can walk into any old bar
Find a fight without looking too hard
But I never killed someone I don't know just 'cuz someone told me to

And when I win the lottery
Gonna buy the house next to Mr. Red, White and Blue
And when I win the lottery
Gonna buy Post 306 American Legion, paint it red with five gold stars
When I win the lottery

When the end comes to this old world
The rats will cry and the rest will curl up
And God won't take the time to sort your ashes from mine
'Cuz we zig and zag between good and bad
Stumble and fall on right and wrong
'Cuz the tumbling dice and the luck of the draw just leads us on

And when I win the lottery, gonna buy all the girls on my block
Silver-plated six shooters and a quart of the finest Highland Scotch
'Cuz when I win the lottery, the rats will shake their heads and say that
God is good but surely works in mysterious ways
When I win the lottery

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