I posted some shots from today’s OccupySF march down Market Street here. Reminder: if you have any mobile photography from OWS (or any events) you’d like to share, please submit it to our Flickr Pool.
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Motivated by this weekend’s round of Occupy Wall Street evictions, I wanted to express the sense of hope I still feel for future of the movement. These evictions could be a chance for the movement to regroup and focus on their goals and how better to achieve them. Although I watch the OWS with great interest, the physical camps have never felt like something I could personally get behind. I had hoped that visiting the camps in San Francisco and New York would magically help me understand what OWS was all about, but I always left feeling even more distant from protestors. That being said, I still feel optimistic for what this movement could turn into it. This could be a fresh canvas from which to build upon.
Rich Nacin (aka @richnyc) has been documenting the Occupy Wall Street camp in NYC since September. In the beginning he was sharing his OWS photos on his Instagram feed, but he soon realized that what was happening in Zuccotti Park was something worth further documenting so he teamed up with a few other photogs to post images on @occupywallstreet.
Occupy Wall Street is a Rorschach test. Some folks come expecting meth heads, hippies, and conspiracy theorists… which is exactly what they will find. Others come expecting middle class workers, Marxists, and grandmothers… which is of course exactly what they will find. The truth is, they are all there. The kooks, the anarchists, the kids, the grown ups. You can easily find whatever you want to help convince you of what you already believed to be true.
Which is why I get such a headache trying to discuss “What is Occupy about?” with others. Sometimes I’ll hear someone say “They just want to destroy capitalism.” and I have to bite my tongue. Though I think most protestors just want reforms to the current system, I can’t honestly deny the presence of those that believe that capitalism would be better off replaced with some other system.
I may frequently disagree with the signs I find lying around the camps, but I certainly believe in the rights of those protestors to say them.
Joel Levin captured this shot of a boy and his dog near an Occupy Wall Street camp Philadelphia. The shot was captured on an iPhone 4 using Camera+ and Filterstorm. You can see more of Joel’s iPhone shots from Occupy Philadelphia here.
Found via the Objective Scenes Flickr Group.
As seen on the North-West side of Zuccotti Park during my trip to New York last week. [iPhone 4S/Camera+/iPro Lens]