October 20, 2011

Don’t be a Gashole


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When Occupy Wall Street was still going on during the week leading up to my New York trip, I prayed it wouldn’t die out before I got there. I wanted to go and shoot it. Not because my politics are aligned with that of the protesters (they are not).Maybe I secretly want to be a photojournalist, but I really wanted to shoot the political theater, the social spectacle, the insanity that has so many people supporting/mocking these social crusaders/class clown in their efforts to take down capitalism/get personal bailouts. So I went to Zuccotti Park on Saturday morning.

There were some protesters parading with signs … about 99%, clean energy, fracking … There were veterans for peace, college kids looking to have their student loans forgiven. There was the obligatory young hippy wanna-be girl dancing to bongo drums.  But even with all that, my timing could have been better.  Many were still asleep. Under tarps. In sleeping bags. Under cardboard. I was careful not to wake them. Or trip over them.

Anyway, I was there to shoot. And that I did. And the active protesters loved the attention of the tourists photographers and journalists alike.

I was initially reluctant to shoot up close. But after following one of these Vendetta masked kids through the park I tapped him on the shoulder asked him to stop for my camera. He was very obliging, as was everyone else I shot at Zuccotti Park.

The mask was everywhere. I’m not sure if there was a point, or if people didn’t want their real faces photographed.

Anyway … here is a V – Vendetta mask thematic collection of protesters to brighten your Thursday. More to come.

Until then … Down with greed! Forgive my loan! Frack off! Something! Something!

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  1. From what I understand, the V mask is because some of the messages in the comic/movie align with the protest going on. Anyway, loved this series of images. It is cool to see the shots from here, especially the two guys banging away on the drums.

  2. Fantastic shots, Bob! That must’ve been a target-rich environment for shooting. Love ’em or hate ’em, you have to admit that the scene is unique!

  3. Great shots, Bob. That dude with the Guy Fawkes mask pushed up in the background of the final shot – I think that’s Brian Matiash 😉

  4. Voil! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.

  5. Maybe you should be a photojournalist….they’ve are awesome shots. You’ve done a wonderful job in capturing the protesters.

  6. Really great photographs, Bob. After chatting with you on the phone the other day, went back through the shots I missed over the last couple of weeks to check out your black & white work. Absolutely fantastic stuff! Looking forward to shooting with you next week, brother!

  7. nice stuff. i work hard for my money and so no problem here. i would be doing other productive things with my time and not wearing a mask not on halloween, or banging on the bongo’s, or being a gashole! love the 1st amendment.