So yeah, now that this crazy amazing season is over, and consequently, reaching 1300 followers omg this is beyond insane, I thought it is time for my 3rd Follow Forever.
I would like to say thank you for the sharing this season with me. Thank you for reblogging/liking my posts, thank you for interacting with me, for being such awesome people. I could have not asked for a better tumblr experience. Y’all Rock!!
We are all subject to an empire of illusion, Slumbering through life beneath a veil of confusion. Wake up and see… this world is not what it seems. Wake and be free… prisoner of false dreams. Wake up and see or repeat after me: “Excuse me sir, may I have some more distractions please?”
- These words are from my own pen. Those verbalized by street poet / post-modern beat poet Speeches Beyond are his own and are also true. Video by FTH (true too).
I took the following pictures on October 21st and 25th at Zucotti Park in downtown NYC. Behind-the-scenes — sort to speak — taken with my Yashica T4 while I was shooting a personal project there, which I will unveil early next week.
Like virtually every photographer in the NYC area, I decided to visit the park and check it out. Unlike today, it was relatively calm then. The atmosphere was welcoming. The protests peaceful. The park had also become a media circus, and a tourist attraction. Businessmen stopped by on their lunch breaks. German and Japanese tourists took pictures as if this was one more stop in their Manhattan itinerary, right after walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.
So I got the crazy idea that I wanted to do something photographically about it. I wanted to take portraits of the people I encountered there, to perhaps shed a light to the whole phenomenon that Occupy Wall Street has become. In my mind, it didn’t just have to be the protesters. This had become something more… I’m oftentimes more interested in how we perceive an event in reality than the event itself. And this perception nowadays includes and is saturated by the Media, twitter, Facebook, and every passerby with their iPhone camera. But this was crazy because I thought, “how am I going to come up with something original from something I feel everybody and their mother is covering ad nauseam?”
Only time will tell.
So wait till next week for this project. I’m really excited about it. In the meantime, enjoy these.