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First Impressions: What Does This Photo Make You Think Of?

Shout out in comments what comes to mind when viewing this piece of art.

What does this picture make you think of? Michael Ruggiero, Jr. calls this photo, taken near the Springs General Store, "Patriot in the Night." 

How does it make you feel? Comment below.     

Be sure to check back on Saturday to find out what the artist had to say about the piece.

Editor's Note: This post is curated by East Quogue photographer Meryl Spiegel.

TTTT December 18, 2012 at 06:50 PM
After 9/11, there were flags everywhere. You couldn't even find a store selling them, they ran out of supply so quickly. Barns were painted with them. People made and painted them of fenceposts. Suddenly is was ok to wear t-shirts with flags on them. We hung one in the window of our house and it's been there ever since. The photo you show is haunting because of the glow of the lights at night. It makes me sad, for some reason.
Preliator December 18, 2012 at 06:52 PM
American decline....old broken down gas pumps, weeds taking root and a proud flag surrounded by growing darkness. How long until the lights go out?
A December 19, 2012 at 12:38 AM
springs general store
Gerard Giliberti December 19, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Besides it being a great photo by Mike, it reminds all of us about what the real East Hampton is about...hard working people who love their history and the place they call home.
durell godfrey December 19, 2012 at 02:06 PM
makes me think i wish i had taken the picture...
Aurelie Duffin December 19, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I look at that picture of our country's symbol over long ago used gasoline pumps and it remembers me of all the young men and women we have sent to various countries to defend the right to fill these gas tanks with foreign gas and oil. These tanks are no useless and those that defended them may be gone but not forgotten.
Sharon Tompkins December 19, 2012 at 06:18 PM
An Edward Hopper painting - American prosaic common scene, fraught with meaning in a simple, nosalgic way.
David Buda December 20, 2012 at 01:57 AM
A sense of time and place still resonates in the historic district of The Springs, and The Springs Market is at the heart of it all.
MARTIN DREW December 20, 2012 at 02:55 AM
I pledge allegence to the flag ; of the United States of America ; and to the Republic for which it stands ; One nation under GOD ; indivisible; with LIBERTY and JUSTICE for ALL . Martin Drew
Evelyn O'Doherty December 20, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Hope. A return to traditional values. Beautiful photo :)

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