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These photos were taken at the Miami International Airport on December 31st, 2008. I felt like I was in an episode of the Twilight Zone. First I have to take off my belt, shoes and hair clip to avoid triggering the metal detector, something I don't want to do because I don't want to be separated from my belongings, which include my laptop prominently displayed in it's own plastic bin for the X-ray machines (which take visually fascinating and scarily detailed photos). After being herded out of one set of pens and chutes, I encounter parts of the AIDS quilt, a poignant moment. Then I encounter "Love", which also attracts people with Obama T-shirts. I feel like I am in a cult. It was sensory overload when I encountered the "Thoughts on Democracy Exhibition". I stopped to take pictures and wandered away from my bags, about 30 feet, when three TSA employees walked by and asked, "Is that your bag?" I with my big lens and entry-level professional camera said "Yes," wishing I could say even more in light of the subject matter I was shooting. I believe the irony was lost on the men in black and blue.

View from the window of an airplane
Miami skyline
All We Ned Is Love
Water Finds Its Own Levels
Freedom of Speech
Art Exhibition
Abstract Art
Save Freedom
Loose Lips
Thoughts on Democracy
Four Freedoms
Freedom Flag
Freedom Bee
Save Our Freedom
Freedom to...
The Faces of Freedom
The Hand of Freedom
Eroding freedom