It was a busy weekend here in the Bay Area, ending with a sometimes violent rally held at at the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park. The event began quietly and then quickly ramped up into violence. I avoided the main scrum and stayed around the edges. However, quite a bit of activity happened where I was stationed near Allston and MLK, where I made the photos below. 13 people were arrested, but thankfully nothing happened as tragic as what took place in Charlottesville a few weeks ago.
During a massive cleaning of my office, I rediscovered some negatives from a self-assigned shoot to photograph a Tea Party rally in the summer of 2009 (I think) at a race track in Bay Town, Texas. Wanting to try something different, I rented a Hasselblad medium format camera and made the trek out to the rally. I seem to be attracted to the overt patriotism: flags and people dressed up as figures from American history, as well as a sense of the paranoia of a dystopian, socialist future that seems to drive much of the conversation at these events. Also to note: I shot a couple of different film stocks. One is chrome and the other was an expired batch of porta left over from grad school.[gallery]
At this point of my life and career, I've probably been to more funerals than most people attend in two lifetimes (probably the same with weddings). Last Saturday, I attended one more to add to my list. However, it was the first time I've attended the funeral of a Medal of Honor recipient. The following is my favorite photo from the day.
More photos can be viewed here.
Military Moms and Wives of Brazoria county, and volunteers from the community set up flags in the parents' yard of Sgt. James Nolen, Nov. 25, 2009 in Alvin, TX. Nolen, of the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. died when his vehicle struck an IED while conducting a convoy in Kandahar province.Read More