52 Weeks of Star Wars is a weekly photo project starring various characters from the Star Wars franchise. This photo project is a continuation of sorts to my original series; 365 Days of Clones, specially my Cloned Photos mini-series.
Today marks the Twentieth Second creation in this year long adventure. As the title suggests; 52 Weeks of Star Wars, one new photo will be taken, edited and added to the running total every Sunday. The twist is that all the images will be a recreation of sorts of a previous image. Some; like today, will be a recreation from a famous image of the 20th century, while others will be movie posters or album covers. There may even be the odd recreation of a painting!
“The Empire Strikes Back” is my recreation of John Dominis’ infamous "Black Power Salute" photo of Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City.
Some of you may be wondering why I chose to create a Cloned Photo base upon this image. Historically, this photo has represented “Black Power”, but if the truth be told, the original action was in fact a “Human Rights Salute”. Both U.S. athletes received their medal shoeless; but not sock-less. They wore black socks to represent Black poverty. Smith wore a black scarf around his neck to represent Black pride, while Carlos had his tracksuit unzipped to show solidarity with all the blue collar workers in the U.S. These are but a few of the many significant choices made by Smith and Carlos while receiving their first and third place medals for the 200 meter run. I have always interpreted this photograph as a universal image of fighting back, or in the case of the Empire, striking back...
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