Rally in support of west bank/gaza settlements

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I've actually become quite fond of shooting rallies and protests. Not as much for the pj aspect, more for the candids.

Anywho... This was quite different from the "normal" protests I've been to in south florida, only because it was a completely different crowd.

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Nice series of candid shots, Steve. I especially like the fifth one...you've nicely isolated the subject. Do you find that people don't mind you photographing them or do some object?
 
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Hi Lisa

Thanks for the kind words.

When I'm doing protests and rallies, I don't get so many "nags", I was at a prayer vigil tonight with the very same group and got more questions than usual, but no one objected per se. I always wear my think tank belt and my tamron velocity 9 backpack. That coupled with holding a pro level cam, I don't get so many inquiries, I guess I just look like I belong doing what I"m doing. I shoot street work on miami beach and downtown miami too, and have yet to be confronted once, though I'm still pretty timid, something I've GOT to work my way out of.

FWIW, I came to know a Sargent on the miami beach police force who is also a photographer. He has become my "sounding board" for photographers rights, etc.. He's told me several times in no uncertain terms that the mbpd supports the first amendment, and I should have no trouble - except maybe from him... he checks my inbox every week, and if I stop delivering the "goods" he'll probably give me a bunch of grief :roll:

Not all police depts are quite so adamant about such issues, mostly because I would assume some departments don't have to deal with the issue on the level that the mbpd do. In this day and age of what can be war against photographers, it's refreshing that I live in a place where the first amendment is fully supported.

I have had a few "incidents", mostly from uninformed security people, etc., but nothing earth shattering. I am however a VERY huge fan of the Constitution, and will push the matter as best I can in any situation where I have a "problem". It's a darned shame we live in this new society where people are looked down upon for serious persuit of artistic material.

Sorry I'm so long winded, but it's a sore point for me :lol:
 
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Steve:

Thanks for being "long winded". I don't do PJ but have always been curious to know what people think. I find people shots such as these a very interesting study and give credit to those that do this type of photography. I would imagine, as you said, if you look professional most people may pay no attention to you.

Again, a very interesting and excellent series.
 
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I thank you as well, Steve. I enjoyed the series of images and enjoyed your comments even more. Street photography is so very interesting, each facit of mankind has their own story and it can be so fascinating if someone takes the time to capture it. With all that goes on in this world, there is no shortage of people to shoot.
 
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MIAMI MIAMI MIAMI....hummmmm

I grew up there. 51 to 62. Was a grand place and it was on of the most visited cities in america for vacation. Peaceful and beautiful..

Can you ever imagine that.

You guys are brave to live there now in my opinion.. Wouldn't go to Miami unless I was in an armored tank...Loaded...:>)))

My Uncle was a Leutenant on the Miami Beach Police force :>)) They wanted him to be Chief. He declined. He walked the beat at night. (not always)

He was also the head officer at the convention center when the beauty pagent was held there and the officer that went to her at the end to escort her. We used to sit at the TV and go 'THERES UNCLE FREDDIE" lol

Well enough of all that.

Your images are great and glad to see the Jews holding thier own...


PS: I dearly LOVE PJ work.
 
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