I have always been a very moderate person. I’ll do me, you do you. End of story. For ultimate happiness, stay in your lane. Sadly, our new president is doing things I don’t agree with. I don’t want to get too political on here, but I did want to share what I saw at the Women’s March in Atlanta. Unlike the other cities, we didn’t have big A-list celebrities or a million people. We did have a civil right’s leader, John Lewis, and we did have a lot of love and acceptance.
Women and men of all shades and walks of life were represented. Some marched for equal pay, others for clean air and water. There were signs about racial equality, proper healthcare for women, and even more in support of others marching (I’m With Her). I personally feel very strongly about the environment, science, and am a person who is disabled (Crohn’s and Colitis are listed as disabilities, fyi).
More than anything, I wanted to apart of a conversation that is much larger than myself. I wanted to see why people were upset. I wanted to document it. This is an obvious step outside the comfort zone of a fashion and product photographer. I’ve never worked as a photo journalist. So don’t rip me to shreds please. Composition will come later. I was primarily dealing with being an introvert taking photos of strangers. It was a doozy.
Regardless of your opinions, I hope you’ll view this with an open mind.
A small explanation for non-Atlanta readers. Donald Trump was critical of John Lewis and the district he represents, District 5. While Atlanta does have some rather rough neighbourhoods (like any major city), District 5 is chiefly made up of extremely affluent and wealthy neighbourhoods. Some marchers made signs in support of the place they live. Embrace your city!
It was amazing to see people young and old. You could tell the ones that had been protesting for a long, long time. Like this gentleman. Living in a country where you can take to the streets and voice your opinion is wonderful, and I hope it never changes. Even if I don’t agree with your message, I will always respect that it is yours.
All photos © Mollociraptor 2017