"I'm just proud to be an American and I want to highlight people's faith in the country and their love of the country."
Patriotism is on full display at the Bruce Museum with their latest exhibit Flags Across America: The Photography of Robert Carley.
Photographer Robert Carley said "I have to take photographs of this. This is powerful, this is beautiful. I just took my old Nikon FA film camera that I inherited from my father and just started taking pictures constantly."
Carley started on his journey documenting Old Glory across the United States after witnessing the terrorist attacks of September 11th.
"We could see the smoke coming from Long Island Sound and it lastest several days."said Carley "Americans were showing their creativity by painting flag, creating flags on what they had, what they loved. Their car, their house and within a very short time I just saw all these tributes popping up and I said I have to take photographs of this."
Painter David Merrill's work of the American Flag on trees in Newtown in 2002 is the subject of one of Carley's photographs.
Merrill said "At the time I think so many people wanted to express their love for America and in a way say even though we were struck down by a tragedy so horrific and gigantic, that they wanted to express their patriotism and their hope for America."
The show includes photographs of the flag taken in Norwalk and Darien as well photographs from Florida and 41 other states on everything from farms and trucks to houses.
Carley added "To me it's worthwhile. I think people will look back at this time after 9/11 and see America as really unified. After a great tragedy, America did pull together and we have great unity."
Flags Across America: The Photographs of Robert Carley will be on display at the Bruce Museum until September 22nd.