Occupy Wall Street occupies Times Square

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Occupy Wall St to Times Sq, a set on Flickr.

I left Times Square sometime after 6pm, as I was beginning to feel faint and nauseous due to the sheer amount of people crammed into a small space. The NYPD cordoned off most of the area and basically herded all of us into a confined area. I don't know what the tactics were with this, but wouldn't that logical create a more dangerous environment? If they had left us alone we would have left space for people to pass through and the area would have been occupied peacefully. In any case, it was. I have never seen such a display of community and solidarity coupled with complete adherence to the demonstration rules that were set 9yes, we all kept to the sidewalks, all how many thousands of us that happened to have joined the march).
Anyway, I was able to make my way out and I have not looked at any media portraying today's events before writing this. These are just my own images, thoughts and feelings, mainly captured with my camera. I feel that these photos that portray the entire movement: people of all ages and backgrounds and opinions coming together to display a communal request for CHANGE.

I heard a few people tell us to "Get a job" when we walked past. I think we all have jobs Mr or Mrs I-Don't-Think-The-System-Affects-Me, actually some of us have 2 or 3 jobs to actually make ends meet. I am lucky because I was educated in a country where education is free, yes, FREE, and I will not be paying off student loans for most of my adult life, unlike many of my friends, but what would I have done if I had? I wouldn't have been able to go to university, it's as simple as that. None of my family could have afforded to pay for my tuition and I doubt that I would have got the loans that I would have needed... Anyway, OWS is about this and so much more. I'll probably have more to say tomorrow, once I have read all of the different media reports on today, but I am going to bed now.

Join in - this affects everyone.

Stark & Light

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Stark & Light, a set on Flickr.

A random, but not so random collection of images I have captured over the last year. Some taken with the Canon Rebel DSLR, others with the Canon AE-1 film camera, some with my phone. Just a collection of darkness and light, of words captured and feelings portrayed.

Yuri Kozyrev

One of my dreams (that I know will never become reality) is/was to be a conflict photographer. To be one of those people who are in the middle of a conflict or war and take those photos that are then shown all over the world. Those images that show not only how messed up and horrific mankind actually is, but also how human and fragile we are as individuals.
Nowadays everyone is a photographer, anyone can take a picture with their phone from the middle of a conflict zone and post it on the internet, and the image will find it's way around the world in a matter of seconds. Nothing wrong with this of course, I find the ability to be aware of anything that is going on in the world at any time really important. I like to rely on a large array of resources of media to keep in touch with the outside world. But I have so much respect for those photographers and journalists who risk their lives everyday to bring us words and images that break our hearts and inform us at the same time. I've previously talked about a few of the other photographers that I admire, but I recently came across some of the talented Yuri Kozyrev's work and literally wept with emotion.

Yuri Kozyrev was both in the USSR in 1963, and after graduating from the Moscow State University School of Journalism became well-known for his photographic coverage of conflicts in the Soviet Union (specifically the wars in Chechnya). He has also reported from Afghanistan, and Iraq, where he spent a long time living with the locals, learning about the country and the cultures that surrounded him. He works as a Time contract photographer, and I discovered his work when he won the Visa d'or News Award for his coverage of the Arab Spring in Time Magazine this year. Look at this video which contains the portfolio of these photographs HERE. Your eyes will well up with tears, it really is impossible not to feel all types of emotion when looking at these images. They are simply so full of feeling and meaning.

To me that will always be where the real photographers are, those who can present an images that tells a story with a history and a future, packed with feeling and emotion. See the NOOR link below for more of Yuri's work.

References:
Wikipedia page on Yuri Kozyrev
NOOR Photographer homepage
Time Magazine