I have been photographing protests, demonstrations, rallies, marches for over half a decade now; I have seen people passing out markers to write on their own bodies legal aid and bail bond telephone numbers to call in the event of arrests, I have seen volunteers hand out bottles of water and granola bars, even hand sanitiser and masks in 2020, but never have I seen anyone hand out borscht.
To end the year, we at 80 Proof Photos present a photographic retrospect to show how this year had went for some of us.
I spent the next several hours running with stampeding protestors as the police charged, photographing make-shift barricades from trash dumpsters, a police cruiser flipped on its side, another on fire, protestors getting arrested, all before running out of film and realising that I should head home to safety.
On the day of this writing, April 29, 2020, Chicago and the State of Illinois are in the 39th day of shelter-in-place.
Note: Images were made in March 2018, long before the COVID-19 pandemic and “social distancing.”…
All of a sudden, a woman stood up, walked down the aisle, yanked off her pants, and began to dance.
My take-away from both instances is that we human beings, no matter how evolved and developed we are, can be as simplistic as the common squirrel hoarding nuts before winter.
To say that things have gone arseways at the moment is a bit of an understatement.
To be fair, I was more preoccupied with learning to feel comfortable with myself . . . in a state of public pantslessness.
It all started with a 5-megapixel digital camera I bought on Craigslist for $40 and a fencing tournament in Northwestern University in October 2011.