was compelled to start this project in the beginning weeks of the Occupy Wall
Street movement because I wanted to counter the negative perception perpetrated by mainstream media that the protesters
were only a bunch of crazy hippies.
this project I have photographed hundreds of men and women in uniform,
students, teachers, veterans, pilots, families, children, and even Wall Street
employees and a few members of the 1% that seek change for our country.
simply set-up a photo booth on-site, hand people a dry-eraser board and a
marker and ask them to write their reason for being at Occupy Wall Street.
thoughtfulness and sincerity that people have shown has inspired me to pursue
this work and expand it. One of
the most touching experiences was when a person who couldn’t read or write
wanted to be a part of the project and asked if I could write his message for
him. I feel so fortunate to have
connected with these unique and diverse people, and to know that we all share a
common set of values and that we’re all working in our own way to make this
world a more decent place.
this project I made a conscious decision to work with a large film camera using
black and white film, also known as a medium format camera (Mamiya RZ) because the quality that I can obtain from the larger negatives is incomparable. I want the borders and beautiful grain you get from a negative. Although I could use a digital camera and create these effects in Photoshop, I believe this project is all about authenticity and I decided to shoot with this particular camera despite some of the additional burdens it poses.
Since shooting with film is a slower process, people realize
they have to sit still much longer than if I were shooting digital. One of the benefits of this is that it allows people the extra time to connect with the emotions of their written
sign, and to think about their roles as active participants in this historic
moment. The end result is always a quiet, reflective, and emotional portrait.
project is important because it is documenting a moment in history when we are all coming together with the common goal to create a more fair and just society for
I will continue photographing at Zuccotti Park in NYC, the birthplace of the Occupy
Wall Street Movement, as well as other Occupy locations throughout NYC. I also plan to take my project across the country to Occupy Oakland and San Francisco.
Despite the recent park raids, evictions, and the ongoing attempt to
silence the voices of the movement, I will carry on with my project in an
attempt to compile over 1,000 voices from New York City, Oakland, and San Francisco combined. I
believe that by giving these people exposure, I can amplify the volume of the
voices of the 99%.
The music "Occupy", which was featured in my kickstarter video was produced by DJ Icewater, a Brooklyn based Hip-Hop DJ and producer. One of my rewards includes a CD featuring the instrumental version of the song and the version with recording artists Molina, Isis Speaks & Bravo One.
Lastly, note that Kickstarter has an all or nothing policy, so if I don't meet my goal, I won't get any of the funds. It's imperative that I'm able to have funding for this project because I'm recording history, and without your help this won't be possible. With your help I will be able to pay for the necessary equipment, buy
film, process the film, and scan it.
This work was featured on NY 1:
This is the set of three 4"x6" postcards:
This is the CD cover for the "Occupy" single: Produced by DJ Icewater and featuring Molina, Isis Speaks & Bravo One. CD Artwork is by Dyallekt of Diamond Bois.
This is the 11"x17" poster:
This is the 11"x14" print:
This is the 16"x20" print:
This is the set of three 11"x14" C-prints:
This is the set of three 11"x14" darkroom prints: