This image was captured with my Sony a6000 using an old Nikon 500mm Reflex lens.
Needless to say, the protesters didn’t feel that a skateboard should be considered a deadly weapon and should justify the shooting of the suspects. While there were a number of people there with skateboards, this is the one, and the moment that really grabbed my attention while I was documenting the protest.
That’s it for my submission to WE35 – Expedition May. I really wish I would have had a different local event to shoot, I love the town I live in. I moved here by choice, not because I had to. No one wants to see anything like this happen anywhere, let alone where they live. We have had both peaceful protests and ongoing violence since the tragic events early in the morning of May 21. I fear that there is going to be more violence before this is all over but there is one thing I hope that people remember. Peaceful protest is not only protected by the first amendment, it is absolutely critical to living in a free society. Violence and looting on the other hand is nothing but fear and anger based and serves no one.
I put out a couple requests via social media on locations to shoot the skyline and got a lot of good advice from the online community. Two places that seemed to top the list were from on the Ben Franklin Bridge and from the Camden, NJ waterfront by the aquarium. I ended up shooting from both locations and really liked aspects of both in that they both gave you great views of the Philadelphia skyline, but very different perspectives of it.
One of the advantages to shooting from the Ben Franklin Bridge is that you are elevated above a good part of the city and you are looking down onto the buildings. This gives you a sense of depth that you can’t get shooting from ground level.
I really would have liked to shoot from the Ben Franklin Bridge more than I did, but this is the only shutter click I made that night. It takes a while to find parking and then walk out onto the bridge. With the sun setting late this time of the year I didn’t get out to the location I shot this from until about 8:55pm. Just as I got my tripod setup and my first exposure made, this one, a port authority police officer came by to tell me that the pedestrian portion of the bridge closes at 9:00pm. Fortunately I got a “keeper” but when it was all said and done, I walked on a hot and humid night for about 45 minutes and spent $11 for parking to make exactly 1 image. Given the effort, I really hope you enjoy it. :-)
This image was from an unexpected stop along the highway. As you probably know, I am a sucker for good looking clouds. :-)
Over the last number of decades the processing of logs into cut lumber has shifted overseas. It is not uncommon to drive by many of the ports here in the Pacific Northwest and see large cargo ships being loaded with logs for the trip across the Pacific Ocean. All of this leads to mills being shut down and the Simpson Mill in Shelton is no exception.
The closure of the Simpson Mill was announced a couple months ago, and as of now has less than a month of operation left. After it closes it will be torn down. I drive by this location somewhat regularly and had always wanted to stop and make this image, with the mill getting ready to close and go dark, I decided to make a special trip out to Shelton to capture this while I could.
It wasn’t very many years ago that a protest like this would most likely only be captured by a small handful of cameras, most likely media of some type, but in the world of high quality cell phone cameras I can’t imagine that there is an angle or moment of this protest that doesn’t have some sort of video or photographic record of it.
Stay tuned, I will be sharing my “Moment” image tomorrow to close out my Expedition May submissions.
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