The photograph known as Ground Zero Spirit was taken at the scene of 9/11 from over 150 feet away. This great picture was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in photography. The picture was taken by photographer, Thomas E. Franklin who has taken a number of photographs of tragic events in American history; one of his others photos came from the Oklahoma City Bombing. The photograph showed a firefighter holding a baby covered in debris. Ground Zero Spirit was an uplifting photo and captured a patriotic moment in the mist of terrorist controversy; giving Americans a feel of safety and good outlook. When I began to look at the photograph I noticed the American flag first and foremost; it seems to be the focal point of the photograph by the way it stands out. When you see the American flag you already know in your mind that there is a patriotic subject matter regardless if you know where the photograph came from. The vibrant red, white, and blue of the flag seem to shine through even with all the dust and terroristic hate in the air. In the background of the photo you see nothing but debris
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Flag of the United States, Oklahoma City bombing, Thomas E. Franklin, Ground Zero Spirit