Faces of a Revolution
Among the signs were flags. The Gadsden flag and the first Navy Jack were proudly flown. One person had Old Glory unfurled upside down. I was glad to see the snakes flying, but I honestly think flying the stars and stripes inverted was pushing it. A maritime signal of distress, in my opinion, should be reserved for when it is warranted.
I found the protest to be a cornucopia of people willing to be photographed. World War II veterans. Working Joes. Housewives. Businessmen. Fathers. Mothers. Teenagers. Kids. I began by photographing the signs they were carrying, often from a distance with my 70-210 zoom lens. Then, as I moved among the crowd with my 18-70mm zoom and my 85mm prime lens in my pockets, I began to ask people if I could photograph them with their signs. Most were happy to have their picture taken, after all, that was why they were there.
I kept my camera set to shoot 4 fps, and captured several shots of each subject, so I could chose the best one. The 70-210 zoom was great for getting candid shots, and the 18-70 was perfect for shooting among the crowd. It wasn't long before I had my 85mm lens locked on the front of the D-200 though. It wasn't the signs of protest that interested me so much as it was the people. Overcoming the reluctance of asking a person to take their photograph was my goal. I commented on their sign, or T-shirt, whatever they had brought to participate, and then simply asked for a photo. I was refused by only one fellow who wanted me to photograph his sign, but not his face.
Each opportunity lasted less than a minute, so the ability to shoot a burst of four or five photos gave me the option of picking the best one, eliminating the photo with a person walking in front of the camera or having their eyes closed. For better or worse, here are my cherry picked and cropped results.
I began to photograph the crowd again.........
In the crowd was a bright face that glowed like one of the Andrews sisters. I decided to find her when the speeches and music were over.
UPDATE: The response to these photos has been so strong and positive that I plan to continue to post a photograph of another Tea Party participant every couple of days until my supply is exhausted. These will be tagged "Faces of a Revolution." Hopefully, by then, there will be another Tea Party. I feel a political tsunami is building.........