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America 2004 - A little less than a happy high
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clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: January 31st, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome. I really like the cloud faced woman.
komos From: komos Date: February 1st, 2005 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)
She and two others were standing perfectly still and quiet in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace area... not ten feet away from a couple of young republicans that were deliberately picking verbal fights with other protesters.

As with so many others, it was difficult to tell exactly what they were up to. Sure, on the surface you could tell that they had environmental and anti-war concerns, but as powerful as their message was, it seemed to be out of place. The whole city felt like that at times. Odd and surreal and unfocused.
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: February 1st, 2005 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Odd and surreal and unfocused
Just like the entire democratic party...
Say what you will about the republicans, they've got their shit together. That's why they won in '04.
komos From: komos Date: February 1st, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
The GOP has become adept at the age-old tradition of making the poor fight amongst themselves and having them think that it's in their best interests.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: February 1st, 2005 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I like all of 'em, especially the little girl in the Rock the Vote t-shirt and the two smiling troopers, but the bloody hand is just too oogy for me. What was the netting surrounding? Is that part of the "keep the protestors in here" structure?
komos From: komos Date: February 1st, 2005 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)
That was part of the "Free Speech Zone" which was largely empty because it was both an insulting and obviously dangerous space. There were only three points of access, and one of them required you to duck underneath an i-beam to get in or out. The razor wire in the next shot was strung along the structure overhead (the space was built under the last bit of the North Station el that still stood) to keep folks from climbing. Had something big happened in there, a lot of people would have been hurt or worse.

The little girl was fried when I took this. If her parents hadn't been dragging her about, I'm guessing that she would have preferred to have curled up in a corner somewhere.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: February 1st, 2005 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yikes, it's no wonder people avoided the zone.

Yeah, it certainly says something that she's not smiling.
komos From: komos Date: February 1st, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
At times it seemed like there were more protestors against the "Free Speech Zone" than anything else.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: February 2nd, 2005 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
BTW, did you get that box from Amazon.com, yet?
komos From: komos Date: February 2nd, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did. ^_^
sassyinkpen From: sassyinkpen Date: February 1st, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow - amazing. And somehow - the collection seems to sum it all up.
komos From: komos Date: February 1st, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks much. Overall, these were probably my best shots from the week. I have another dozen or so that I'd like to put up, but I think I'm going to backdate the post to the time of the events. I'll probably include a link in an upcoming post for folks who want to do the time warp again.
mudguts From: mudguts Date: February 1st, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
the view from between the mounted police was one of my favorites...
i imagine one cop grinning and tapping his truncheon into his left hand, while the other is calling for fire hoses on his radio.
komos From: komos Date: February 1st, 2005 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I recall correctly, the two of them were sharing a particularly bawdy "hippie" joke when I took that. They didn't notice me until I got up and went around to the side, and then they got all posey.
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