“The Nam Era: Never Forgotten”

25 Dec

“The Nam Era: Never Forgotten
by J. Michael Johnson

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“The Nam Era: Never Forgotten”

“The Nam Era: Never Forgotten” exhibit
opened June 25th and continued through August 15, 2013
at the Pickens County Museum of Art and History 

Artist Statement:

“The Nam Era: Never Forgotten”, is a veterans photo tribute I started in 1997 at “The Wall” (The Vietnam Veterans Memorial) in Washington, DC, which shows us “Freedom Is Not Free”, as another part of my photojournalist journey into the motorcycle lifestyle that is so often shied away from by so many civilians and journalists.

The early Sunday morning walks into the depth and quietness of “The Wall” lets me digital capture veterans visiting names on “The Wall” that represents the real “Human Cost of Freedom”. The names of young boys and girls growing up to fast, fighting a war on foreign soils and in so many cases giving their lives fighting for American freedom in a land that some say God forgot, “Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia”. These digital images shows friends and family members touching loved ones names on “The Wall” and getting a rubbing of the name so they can remember, honor and keep their loved ones memory alive and remind us that we still have POW-MIA’s, in “Vietnam”. Part of this exhibit is still in my head because I had to make a decisions when to let an award winning image go because a Vietnam vet’s personal privacy was much more important than a photo.

Being a freelance journalist for Easyriders magazine allows me to journey to “The Wall” to meet, photograph and document stories told by Vietnam Veterans their friends, families and veterans of other wars each Memorial Day weekend during Rolling Thunder events in Washington DC .

I am traditionally focused on the Harley-Davidson motorcycles and their riders as they cruise up and down Daytona’s Main Street. But today, I am pleased to present this selections of “The Nam Era: Never Forgotten”, digital prints for your viewing pleasure. Remember; thank a veteran for your freedom.                                           J. Michael Johnson

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