#BLM Protest Long Island New York Part One

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On Sunday June 14th I went to a Black Lives Matter protest on Long Island New York. I had wanted to go to the protests in New York and Brooklyn but was worried about Covid 19 as I live with high risk people. When I learned there would be protests on Long Island I figured it would safer as there would be more room for social distancing and the crowds would not be as large. I did my best but I don’t know how successful I was at social distancing, but I kept my mask on and did the best I could.

It was a moving experience and you could hear people crying when we took the knee and had a moment of silence for the 8 minutes and 46 seconds that George Floyd’s neck was being kneeled on. But it was inspiring to see so many people of all races come out to protest and support this very important movement in our history. I was also a little nervous about counter protestors, but there were no karens or angry kens around on this day. It was peaceful, moving and inspiring. 

I wanted to reference the past as it is very dismaying that we are still having to deal with racism in 2020

I usually shoot in color as I am generally shooting street style. But for this event I decided to post the images in back and white. The first reason was because I had just watched a documentary called “Everybody Street” about street photographers from the 70’s and 80’s, who all shot in black and white. I find black and white photography can distill a message more precisely, and in some ways be more powerful then color. Also for the obvious black and white race issue, and finally because it has a nostalgic feel to it, and I wanted to reference the past as it is very dismaying that we are still having to deal with racism in 2020. I hope you enjoy these photos, part two will go up next week.

XOXO
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58 Comments
  • Carolina G Ticala
    June 22, 2020

    Very interesting post! Thanks for the information! ✔️✔️✔️ Have a great week! 🌺🌺🌺

  • Jennifer
    June 22, 2020

    Thank you for doing this!!!

    Jennifer

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  • Rowena @ rolala loves
    June 22, 2020

    I haven’t been able to attend any protests because of the pinched nerve in my neck but we have seen our fair share of them marching past our apartment complex downtown and I fully support the cause as well as the protests. I feel like it’s different this time and maybe some real institutional change will come from them. Some of the executive orders Gov. Cuomo has signed are a step in the right direction.

  • Lyosha
    June 22, 2020

    it is such an important moment and you captured it beautifully and powerfully

  • Eena
    June 22, 2020

    Beautiful shots!

  • Elegant Duchess
    June 23, 2020

    Nothing needs to be added here,,,it says the story.

    Elegant Duchess xx
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  • Ivana Split
    June 23, 2020

    I love that you shot the BLM protest in black and white. It makes the photographs look timeless. Beautiful and moving photography. You did a great job. Stay safe.

  • Lovely
    June 23, 2020

    You did a fantastic job Allie in capturing these moments! Hopefully change does happen this time.

    xoxo
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  • Simone
    June 23, 2020

    We all need to support the black community and you did such a great job by taking part at the protest. It’s so sad that we are still facim racism in these modern times.

    xx Simone
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  • Catarina Morais
    June 23, 2020

    These pictures are so so powerful! I love them <3

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  • Selvaggia Capizzi
    June 23, 2020

    I am really ashamed to belong to humanity because we are the only racist living species I know. It is embarassing that we have to state that black lives matter because ALL lives matter regardless the color of the skin of the hair of the eyes.
    You did the right thing to join the protest, I would have done it too.
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  • emily hein
    June 23, 2020

    These pictures are SO powerful! Thank you for sharing them!

  • Agata
    June 23, 2020

    Thats very interesting. I heard about this protest. The photos are very good

  • Michelle
    June 23, 2020

    Love this powerful and poignant photo essay.

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  • Nerline j Germain
    June 24, 2020

    These pictures were so beautifully captured. Thanks for being there. I hope you and everyone in the home are healthy and safe.

  • himawan sant
    June 24, 2020

    Posts are touching and you display a black and white image that illustrates sadness.
    I am personally concerned about racism. Hopefully it does not happen again.
    Let us voice the anti-racism movement

  • Kate
    June 24, 2020

    So powerful, and loving the B&W images. I desperately hope that we will see some real change <3

  • Yvonne
    June 24, 2020

    I think it was a good idea to shoot in black and white. The photos are fantastic and they have an impact! Thank you for this post!

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  • Biana
    June 24, 2020

    What an incredible protest to take part in – truly historic!

  • Kelly Ann Williams
    June 24, 2020

    Love this!Great photos too.

    Xx

  • Pilar
    June 24, 2020

    Thank you for sharing these powerful photos Allie. BLM is such an important movement.

  • jointyicroissanty
    June 25, 2020

    These photos are absolutely amazing!

  • Katerina
    June 25, 2020

    Your photography is so evocative, Allie – I love these black and white images, they are so powerful! No words necessary. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Regine Karpel
    June 25, 2020

    Beautiful photos. ❤️

  • Margot
    June 25, 2020

    Wow I’m so amazed by your pictures.
    They say so much ! Sometimes pictures are just as powerful as words.
    And this is such a good idea to have put them in black and white.
    xx
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  • Val
    June 25, 2020

    Such powerful images Allie! Black and white is perfect. I love the outfit in the second photo. Brilliant! It is comforting seeing peaceful protests. We have stayed away from the city here for fear of those angry anti protestors causing problems. It really saddens me that racism will not go away and has lead to so many horrifying deaths. Our world would be such a better place if everyone respected each other.

  • Absolutelyfemme
    June 25, 2020

    Thank you for your photos. They are stunning and don’t need comment.
    All these powerful shots speak for themselves.

  • Thank you so much for that post, Allie! Since Trump is president, I’m in a state of shock. Still always shaking my head. The’re no words really. When I heard about the killing of the two men it was a devastating moment. Racism is like dirt under a carpet. You may not see it for some time, but it’s there, ugly and dirty. But maybe this time it’s a real chance to open our eyes and see what’s really there.
    Love your pics! Absolutely arty!!!
    xxx Maren

  • SundayDahlias
    June 25, 2020

    I think you did a great job capturing emotion in these shots – going black&white for them also helps direct the message too

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  • Emily
    June 25, 2020

    I haven’t been able to get to any protests, because I have been looking after shielding family members, so your photos were amazing! Thank you for sharing!

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  • Marisa Cavaleiro
    June 25, 2020

    Hello
    I agree with you, the black and white photos, the message goes in a more muscular and stronger way. I think that in Portugal the problem of racism is not as serious as in the USA. The problem of discrimination arises for both whites and blacks, because what discriminates is whether you have money or not.
    xoxo

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    • alimackin@gmail.com
      June 26, 2020

      Ah yes it is similar here too. %70 of Americans live pay check to pay check. That is NOT a robust economy. Even before COVID 19. The booming economy was mostly smoke and mirrors and only refers to the casino economy otherwise known as the stock market. It is very similar here to 1930s Germany, and it is going to get worse. World wide %40 of jobs are going to be lost due to Automation and AI. That is not going to be sustainable and there WILL be a lot of unrest…

  • Woman Today
    June 25, 2020

    I was very sad when I heared about the George Floyd’s death and I also saw the video online. It is not acceptable that these things happen in our times, we can talk to people on the other side of the world, see them, we have so much technology and we can’t keep up with progress. I am sad every time when I see or hear racism and sadly it hapens quite often. I guess that we people have to work on our mind and spirit and embrace other human beings. I support people protesting for black lives matters but I hope they will respect rules and resppect distancing.

  • Ashley
    June 25, 2020

    Kudos to you, my friend, for supporting the black community and taking these captivating photos! I love that you chose to have the photos in black and white.

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  • Shauna
    June 26, 2020

    Such stunning and poignant photos. I participated in a protest a few weeks ago and what a moving experience it was. Definitely a day I’ll never forget. xo

    Shauna

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  • stylefrontier
    June 26, 2020

    such a powerful post! thank you for sharing and doing this!

  • Annie
    June 26, 2020

    Your photos are really powerful and moving. These photos will always hold so much value and importance. Thank you for sharing!

  • Jenny in Neverland
    June 26, 2020

    I think these protests are amazing. It’s great that you wore your mask and tried your best to be socially distant. That’s all we can do, is our best. I can imagine the 8 minute silence was incredibly emotional. It’s so important we all continue to fight the fight – whatever our colour or race. It’s not a black problem, it’s a human problem and we all need to do our bit.

  • Carolina G Ticala
    June 26, 2020

    Great post! Have a great weekend!
    🎀🎀🎀

  • Zia
    June 26, 2020

    The photos are amazing you should consider putting together a book & love that you shot in B/W so much more powerful! ! xo ~Zia
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  • Aimsy
    June 26, 2020

    I think you have captured the protests brilliantly, and I deffo agree that they are more impactful in black and white. Very powerful!

    Thanks for sharing, looking forward to part 2.

    Aimsy xoxo
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  • Anya Dryagina
    June 27, 2020

    A serious and relevant topic. Thank you for sharing
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  • Lizzy
    June 27, 2020

    You have a gift for photography, Allie. Thank you for sharing. I pray peace will prevail one day soon.

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  • Radi
    June 27, 2020

    So moving and I love black and white photography. These photos will live on forever.
    Amazing job Allie!

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  • Ann
    June 27, 2020

    Lovely pics,
    we really live in such interesting times
    and the world is changing right before our eyes.

    Ann
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  • Rosy
    June 27, 2020

    These are beautiful and powerful pictures, thank you so much for sharing.

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  • Kinga
    June 27, 2020

    I don’t undesratnd it, we should respect everyone, the colour of skin, sex etc. don’t matter at all :3

  • Nancy
    June 27, 2020

    It is great that you went to the BLM rally! Being part of the movement upclose is something else. So important that we stand together and fight for what is right. What the police did was not right, and what they continue to do as a reaction to the protest is not right if they are starting to harm people more than anything. We need to keep speaking against the injustice!

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  • Mica
    June 28, 2020

    These are great photos! it’s so good you went to the protest and you could get these stunning photos too. I agree with you it’s so sad that in these days we still have to protest this, but I think some real action is coming out of it and I know I’m making small changes and making myself more aware of things I honestly didn’t know about before. I’m considering my kids too and making sure I explain these actions appropriately to them. They had never heard of a protest before but they know what it is now and I’ve shown them some of the pictures and videos of the protests. When I explained to my son that during his birthday party there were people filling Brisbane to protest I think it brought it home for him.

    Hope that you are having a lovely weekend 🙂

  • yonosoymillenium
    June 28, 2020

    desde luego es un post muy actual, por desgracia es algo que no parece acabar.

  • Pablo
    June 28, 2020

    Hi Allie, I hope you are very well and thank you for your last comment, I am glad to know that the blog inspires you a little bit to do even more visual things, your photography has always seemed incredible to me 🙂

    And speaking of photography, I love that you have used your talent as a photographer to capture one of the most important movements that we have at the moment, I think it is CRUCIAL that everyone from our trenches and possibilities begin to support the movement from our country, talking about the racism of our own country/ city and putting our skills to help the cause.

    All the best

  • m
    June 28, 2020

    Their voices must be heard!!

  • S.Mirli
    June 29, 2020

    OMG, these images are amazing and so touching, thank you so so much for sharing this so important cause. Have a wonderful summer day, take care, x S.Mirli
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  • rakhshandarizvi
    June 29, 2020

    It’s shameful that still discriminate on the basis of race, caste and religion. The behavior of police in the USA and even in India towards the minorities is horrifying. This needs to change. Thanks for sharing these photos.
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  • Itzel Najar
    June 30, 2020

    what time we are living!
    we should stay together!
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  • Paola Lauretano
    July 1, 2020

    Black lives matter!
    I love these pics, so powerful!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  • Jackie Harrison
    July 2, 2020

    You took great images the message is clear.

  • Hannah
    July 4, 2020

    Your photos are incredible! Thank you for sharing them xx

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