Post 2016 Election ProtestsDocumentary Project
Following a shocking victory by now President Donald Trump over Hilary Clinton on Nov 9, US citizens have taken to the streets to express their disapproval en masse. As such, we find ourselves in a very pivotal moment in our nation's history. This event, coupled by a series of politically and socially volatile decisions, have in fact set in motion, a movement that could very well change the path of our nation... either for the better, or for the worst.
As a photographer with a long history of documenting and attending protest demonstrations, I am inspired to create a comprehensive... or at least coherent... collection of photographs and journal entry descriptions, to record the ongoing evolution of this socio-political shift.
Please be prepared, this read may eventually prove to be a long form endeavor.
Some areas, such as here in the Bay Area, seem to have a natural talent for protesting. In a 10 mile radius, we have San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley.... Each, even on their own, are the very definition of "politically charged".
This project will provide an ongoing photographic journal of my election related protest coverage. Each segment will be posted chronologically, focused on the demonstrations that I attend. Content will include documentary style imagery, with brief journal entries describing the experience. Writing style is informal - foundational on perception at the time of capture, with information verified by reliable source.
It will be through this project, that I will develop a visual and written record of this pivotal moment in American history and create my very own, "fixed point in time".
Post Election Protests #3 – Oakland 11/11/2016
– Day 3 –
November 11, 2016 (Oakland, CA)
Heading down to Frank Ogawa Plaza a bit earlier in the evening, I caught up with the crowd as it was beginning to organize. It was a bit smaller this evening, ranging in the lower hundreds, but they’re passion (and vocal cords) weren’t about to quit.
Broadway Street / Telegraph Street
Estimated Crowd Size: ~250
The police force was still in full form and early on, had some odd dealings with the crowd. With some cops randomly running up at the parameter of the people, baton in hand and abruptly stopping and backing up. Kinda like when a dog is barking at a cat… leaping forward and inching backwards.
Very odd… Its actually kinda tiresome, watching some of these attempts to exacerbate the crowd, especially considering the rather smaller size of this group.
Light Crowd – High Energy
The evening went off without little to no drama. Even with the apparent police instigation, the crowd held firm. We weaved for a while, meet up with another, smaller group and eventually everything tapered off as they moved further toward Berkeley.
I decided to call it a night early, but still came home with a great amount of imagery.