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Patriot by Christopher Barker

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Veterans of the U.S. military take to the streets in Washington, D.C. to demonstrate and show their support for the government after war was declared in Iraq. Anti-war protesters marched in opposition to the engagement and heavily outnumbered the pro-war supporters. This pro-war demonstrator exchanges words with some of the opposition in this photograph. A human police barricade separated the two.

Washington D.C.

Circa 2002

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A photographer who was born in a coal chute; to a mother who was literally squatting over it, in rural West Virginia. He managed to stave off black lung while splitting firewood in the backwoods of Kentucky for a four fingered accountant and Veteran of WWII. After dodging improvised explosive devices and periodic mortar/small arms fire in a far away land; he now whiles away his time digging in the Colorado dirt, occasionally finding the strength to raise his lazy hand to snap a picture or two.

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  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryover 6 years ago

    Excellent editorial work! Great addition to the group. Thanks.

  • Dave Sandersfeld
    Dave Sandersfeldover 6 years ago

    Excellent time capsule and thanks for sharing this. I didn’t take any photos during the late 60s-early 70s? No digital cameras back then. This shows the power of the camera in modern American history and thought! Experiences from family forward traject us all into “opinions”; but we need to question their validity in our modern world.

    CBarker, you gave us something to collectively think about and act to prevent a proposed war with Iran now? Bush has not even settled the last two wars; he is no general and we Americans are forced to pay his way?

  • Christopher Barker
    Christopher Ba...over 6 years ago

    You both are too kind. I am looking forward to sharing more with this new found group. Thanks.

  • Craig Schroeder
    Craig Schroederover 6 years ago

    Wow. The flag in the foreground, the hand jutting out from an angry face, the protest sign. Another “archetypal” (I think that’s the word I want) photo from you, cbarker. So well-caught and timely.

  • Karen Fahey
    Karen Faheyover 6 years ago

    Excellent photojournalism depicting the emotionality of this whole situation.

  • Melinda Kerr
    Melinda Kerralmost 6 years ago

    Great piece of photojournalism. Talk about capturing the decisive moment! Love your work Christopher. My twin brother lives just out of Colorado Springs so love the landscape around their too :)

  • Thanks Melinda. I noticed you had some Colorado photos in your portfolio. Cheers.

    – Christopher Barker

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyover 5 years ago

    This is a fascinating shot. I had a look at the website on the banner and it is most interesting
    freerepublic.com

  • Christopher Barker
    Christopher Ba...over 5 years ago

    Huh, that’s funny that you mention that because I can’t count the number of times I have looked at that and never checked out the website. Thanks.

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