Veterans and civilians alike were invited to participate in a historic photo shoot by the Metabolic Studio’s Optics Team this past Veterans Day on Friday, November 11th. The Metabolic Studio has been traveling across the country on their Liminal Camera tour photographing American flags in transitory locations with a huge pinhole camera created out of a 20 foot shipping container.

This particular Veterans Day photograph was inspired by and paid homage to the Bonus Army’s Encampment on the Mall of World War I veterans and their supporters in Washington DC in 1932. Some participants of the photo shoot dressed in gopher suits and wore gopher-inspired hats, a metaphor for how much of the veterans activism in the country has “gone underground.” The resulting photograph along with a video screening and a selection of images from the Liminal Camera Tour was on view at the Hirshhorn Museum this past weekend.