Beside Santa Monica Pier
I think these children have picked up rubbish on the beach beside the Santa Monica pier.
Their clothing declares an affiliation with the US Navy – perhaps they are Sea Cadets.
The crosses to the left are a weekly installation sponsored by the Veterans for Peace.
If you want to know more about the installation, check out Melinda Green Harvey’s post where she made the crosses the main subject of her photographs (link here) and provided links for more information.
I did not go down the stairs and have a closer look at this installation.
As a Canadian I often am made uncomfortable by hyper-patriotism and aggressive nationalism that emanates across the border from our neighbours to the south.
So I avoided what I thought was one of those genuflections to the glories of war.
I was, after all, trying to be relaxed and take good photos and I didn’t think such a subject would serve that purpose.
Had I known it was an installation promoting peace, I would have had a closer look.
But I only learned of the true nature of the crosses when I read Melinda’s post.
It’s a lesson about not jumping to conclusions, especially those based on close-minded assumptions.
Perhaps the future implied in a photograph of navy cadets beautifying the setting of a monument to peace is a satisfactory representation of this installation, even if I made it without conscious design.
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