With the ten year anniversary of 9/11 yesterday, people are finding different ways to reflect and remember. This year professional photographer Stacey P. Morgan of Wayne, and her dog Delta, are remembering by putting a face to the feeling.
This year, on the anniversary of September 11, Morgan released the Pawtriotic series: a series of majestic photographs of her dog taken in various historic locations associated with American patriotism in Pennsylvania and neighboring states. These images are printed on cards and a 12-month calendar that are available for purchase on her website.
An avid dog lover, Morgan has been photographing dogs for years but only recently had the idea of including a patriotic element to her photography.
The idea was sparked when her daughter’s Girl Scout troop provided the option for people to buy a box to be sent to troops overseas.
“I just thought that was such a beautiful idea, so I started thinking about it,” Morgan said. The idea kept recurring and after purchasing a patriotic sweater at , and spontaneously photographing her dog with the American flag at Valley Forge Park, the concept of using her photography to promote her patriotism fell together.
The project has spanned over a year with Morgan traveling to locations such as , Fort Mifflin, the Betsey Ross house, the Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero, and the Bronze Wall, among others.
Though the release of the series coincided with the tenth anniversary of 9/11 Morgan maintains, “I’m lucky, it just sort of happened that way.”
Part of the proceeds of every sale made is going to go to America’s Vet Dogs, a nonprofit that provides Seeing Eye dogs for blind veterans.
“I think it’s hitting a nice cord in the community, I’ve gotten nice comments,” Morgan says. Morgan’s project has been featured on ABC’s FYI segment and on one of ABC’s Saturday morning shows on September 10.
“There are some people out there who don’t agree with what I’m doing. This country has become so divided, and that’s a political issue. Our American flag has been pulled into the arena and I think that’s wrong. This isn’t about politics, it’s about patriotism.”