This is a classic, historical photograph shot by Joe Rosenthal featuring “U.S. Soldiers Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima.”It is well known that the American forces suffered heavy casualties in their campaign to wrest control of the island from the Japanese. This image was taken when soldiers raised the American flag at the top of a hill. With this photo, my intention is not to interpret the context of a historical item. Rather, I use whimsical methods to adjust the iconic symbol (flag) to change its message. By doing this, its meaning becomes floating and independent. Regardless of the flag’s origins, symbolism is always created after a photo of it is taken.