“Florence Thompson with two of her seven children in a California migrant camp.”

Dorothea Lange, “Florence Thompson with two of her seven children in a California migrant camp.” 1936. Photograph.

I was watching the news tonight and couldn’t believe it when there was a story about people already lining up in front of stores for Black Friday – they will stay there for over a week. It made me really sad. These people are going to spend their Thanksgiving Holiday sitting outside a store… for what? So my image tonight is one of Dorothea Lange’s famous images for Time Life during the Great Depression. This woman represents all the hardened hearts and deep sadness of a nation at a loss. Have we really come so far that we can live in an economically depressed land and yet still lose sight of what is really important? Lange’s images are so moving because of their dedication to the human condition – reminding us who we are, where we’ve come from, and what it took to get through it all. But sometimes I wonder if we have learned our lesson at all. Imagine contrasting this image with one of people camping outside of Best Buy – it makes me want to cry. (Original post to Instagram November 15, 2012.

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