Photojournalism: Occupy St. Louis, Missouri

3

In which our hero ventures forth into the great unknown to see what all the noise is about. Or, a first attempt at photojournalism at a local Occupy rally.

In light of the Occupy Wall St. Movement and its nationwide expansion, I realized that I don’t recall a movement such as this in my lifetime. Sure, there have been anti-war protesters, but when aren’t there protesters during war-time? This feels different. There are so many people coming together from so many varied backgrounds and they all have different ideas and somehow it’s all funneling down into one unified voice speaking out.

As I am interested in photojournalism and street photography (and seeing as how I’ve never taken photos of a protest) I decided to grab my trusty 500 DTL and check out my local Occupy group.

I’d heard of Occupy St. Louis at work from a co-worker who is an involved activist with the group. It sounded amazing and every day I was unable to go down to Kiener Plaza I felt I was missing something.

I work a 9 to 5 and decided to go on a Saturday on the way to get groceries.

Perhaps I got ahead of myself. Some may not know what this Occupy movement is all about. Long and short: The group is against corrupt corporation and banking practices. This summation isn’t precise, I’ll admit, but here are a few links for further education:

http://www.occupystl.org/statement-of-purpose/
==http://www.facebook.com/OccupyWallSt?ref=ts&sk=info==

It was early Saturday and the group looked to still be in the shadows of trees holding their morning general assembly. Since I shoot film, I decided to go down to the riverfront under the arch and do some of my usual photography. After about an hour of snapping street shots I headed back up and there were some people holding signs along Market Street.

Members of the group come from all walks of life. In my brief period there I got to meet Janelle.

Janelle is from the area and she and her children have visited the plaza for the last two weekends. They were camping out again this weekend. She discussed with me the importance of the movement between cheers at honking passers by (honking in solidarity to one of the signs another person was holding) and felt that a change needed to be made to the current system.

Standing there on the median, alone with her daughter, holding a sign that says unity; she appeared, to me at least, as a welcoming figure like a grand statue welcoming you to the plaza. Her sign, a warm beacon of equality assuring you that you belonged.

written by rrohe on 2011-10-14 in #lifestyle #lomography #wall-street #occupy-st-louis #rally #protest #caffenol #analogue-lifestyle #movement

3 Comments

  1. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    Janelle's picture is absolutely amazing! great reportage :)

  2. laurasulilly
    laurasulilly ·

    Yes! Thanks for the article, I was waiting for something like this I also love Janelle's picture, particularly how her child is sitting in front of her!

  3. wonderdude
    wonderdude ·

    Nice job! I was thinking of heading downtown this weekend to take photos, but you beat me to it!

More Interesting Articles

  • Light is Magical: A Talk With Li Hui

    written by jennifer_pos on 2015-04-10 in #people #news #lifestyle
    Light is Magical: A Talk With Li Hui

    Photography is not only an act of documentation or communication, it is also a way of seeing the world. The camera opens our eyes and lets us see what lies behind the obvious, and we start looking at things as potential subjects of a photograph. Every leak of light unveils secrets that talented photographers turn into a piece of art. Li Hui is one of those gifted artists. We talked to her about her work and her sensitive photographs that picture a wonderful vulnerability.

    8
  • Newcomer of the Week: theisleofadventure

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-05-04 in #lifestyle
    Newcomer of the Week: theisleofadventure

    Rebecca was encouraged by her friend, also a Community member, hola_to_the_holga, to try her hand at film photographer after seeing an old SLR at her home. Now, she cannot thank her friend enough for getting her into yet another creative outlet aside from baking cakes and drawing. Let's get to know more about our darling Rebecca or theisleofadventure, our Newcomer of the Week!

    3
  • Kino Stories: 'Better Together' by nostalgina

    written by chooolss on 2014-06-24 in #lifestyle
    Kino Stories: 'Better Together' by nostalgina

    Spending a day at the beach is a great summer activity, and it's exactly what one of our fellow lomographers did! See what LomoKino movie she has filmed in this week's installment!

  • Shop News

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Whatever kind of film development you're after, you'll find it here! Now you can confidently shoot from the hip without having to worry where to develop those film rolls!

  • LomoAmigo Anika shoots with the Lomo LC-A+

    written by zonderbar on 2014-05-07 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo Anika shoots with the Lomo LC-A+

    We met Berlin-based musician Anika for the first time while she was dj-ing in the Lomography Embassy Store. We couldn't resist giving her a Lomo LC-A+ and see what she would capture with it. She took the camera to many places around the world including Germany, Israel, Mexico and New York. Check out her analogue shots and learn more about our latest LomoAmigo!

    1
  • Me, Myself and the LC-A 120: Gudrun

    written by hembot on 2014-09-14 in #news
    Me, Myself and the LC-A 120: Gudrun

    The LC-A 120 is our newest kid on the block and it's certainly a popular one at that! See what Gudrun from Lomography HQ has to say about her time shooting with it!

  • Oldest Film Featuring Black Actors to be Showcased at the MoMA Beginning Next Month

    written by chooolss on 2014-09-25 in #news
    Oldest Film Featuring Black Actors to be Showcased at the MoMA Beginning Next Month

    Between this October and March next year, the public will finally be able to see for the first time what is now believed to be the oldest existing movie starring a cast of black actors. Details about the exhibit after the jump!

  • Shop News

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • Football Photography on a New Level: Petzval on the Field

    written by zonderbar on 2014-11-10 in #lifestyle
    Football Photography on a New Level: Petzval on the Field

    We first came across Ryu Voelkel while he was shooting for his photography book about the World Cup in Brazil. His use of Aerochrome Film for the project especially caught our attention. Now the Berlin-based sports photographer has finished his book and is ready for the next challenge: testing the Petzval at a football match.

    2
  • What Tech Websites Are Saying About the Lomo'Instant Camera

    written by chooolss on 2014-05-29 in #news
    What Tech Websites Are Saying About the Lomo'Instant Camera

    It's only been a couple of days since Lomography launched its first dedicated instant camera via Kickstarter, but it seems to have already caused quite a stir not only here in the community but in other websites as well. See what the press is saying about the new Lomo'Instant camera in this first of two parts of our press recaps!

  • December 14th Advent Offer: Take Advantage of our Festive 3 For 2 Film Deals (Online Code: 3FOR2HOLIDAYFILM)

    written by jacobs on 2014-12-14 in #news
    December 14th Advent Offer: Take Advantage of our Festive 3 For 2 Film Deals  (Online Code: 3FOR2HOLIDAYFILM)

    Seeing that we love to spread the cheer around here, we're giving you another chance to load up on our awesome film with today's Advent deal! Choose a classy black and white film, like our Lady Grey, or get creative and colorful with one of our Redscale films. We're certain that no matter what you choose, you'll have a great time making memories with tons of lovely analogue photos this year!

  • Shop News

    Give your space a facelift with your own analogue print

    Give your space a facelift with your own analogue print

    Really want to bring your film photos to life? We’re now offering totally analogue fine art prints in a host of large sizes and formats! Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • The World, According to Herr Willie: The Amazon

    written by wil6ka on 2015-04-09 in #world #locations
    The World, According to Herr Willie: The Amazon

    It was the Amazon which I had longed for my whole life. And when it was finally a set deal that I will travel to Brazil with two of my best friends for the Copa do Mundo (World Cup), we really had to start our adventure in the Amazon. I had known about this magical place deep in the rainforest. There was a lodge run by local people of indigenous background, with wooden houses that float on the water and a limited number of visitors. It was eco-tourism as how it should be. To preserve and to celebrate one of the most impressive locations I have seen so far.

    6
  • LomoAmigo Interview: Elizabeth Nahum-Albright

    written by ciaravesely on 2014-04-30 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo Interview: Elizabeth Nahum-Albright

    Elizabeth Nahum-Albright, or Lizzy, as her peers would call her, is a fine art photographer based out of Brooklyn. Born to design-oriented and artistic parents, she got into photography at a young age and continues to explore the possibilities within her chosen craft. Lizzy loves 19th century photographic processes, but she isn't a stranger to modern methods either – much like our New Petzval Lens. Read on to learn more about Lizzy and catch a glimpse of some of her Petzval photos.

  • Show Us Your Perfect Timing Winners Announcement!

    written by mindofmyra on 2015-03-06 in #world #competitions
    Show Us Your Perfect Timing Winners Announcement!

    There is nothing better than a photo shot at the perfect moment. Henri Cartier-Bresson's principle on "The Decisive Moment" is a principle that we should still follow to this day. A perfectly-timed photo creates impact, whether it's one of a friend jumping into the pool or a couple emerging from the ceremony on their wedding day. For this rumble, we want to see that breathtaking moment, shot at the perfect time. And you showed us what it's like to be on time.

    3