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.