Occupying the Frame
Behind any movement there are people. Behind the Occupy movements across the country there are people of all stripes and colors, all ages, all genders and races, all strata of social and economic well being and crisis. I have begun a series of highly personal up close black and white environmental portraits of some of the people in and around the Occupy Boston movement. In my series the people eagerly fill the frame, occupying the space within the confines of the image.
Here is a small sample flash slide show of some work shot to date:
I am not connected to the Occupy movements but have long felt the public has not seen the faces of the many and diverse people involved. One quick look at their faces tells so much about their resolve, focus, seriousness and determination, none of which has been captured by others to date. In my series the subjects look directly into the camera and directly at you, the viewer. In their eyes and in their faces much is revealed. In their eyes and faces is revealed their joy at being involved, their anger at their marginalization and displacement, and their desire for compassion in those around them..
Some are homeless, some are students, some are young professionals, some are peace activists and anarchists, some are musicians, some have no name and intentionally live off the grid...all are treated with dignity, respect and compassion by the camera.
I have several more shooting days left in Boston and also want to travel to other cities, estimated cost is around $5,000. With winter coming it’s going to be harder and harder to shoot so I need to complete this series by the end of the calendar year by which time it also should be ready for magazine and book publication.
My funding goal is set at $5,000 in order to cover several shooting days and travel expenses in five cities: Boston, New York, Detroit, Washington DC, and Baltimore.
For each increment of $1,000 OVER the $5,000 goal we achieve we can add another city along the east coast.
And setting lofty goals, should we hit $15,000 by the end of the 30 days allotted to us, we can self publish in addition to the goal of achieving magazine, newspaper and online publication of the series.
I hope you'll join us for this series, "Occupying the Frame" as we take a look deep inside the Occupy movements at the people involved.