Occupy Oakland General Strike 11/02/2011

November 2nd, 2011 was a major moment in the history of Oakland. I arrived in Downtown Oakland around 8:30am not knowing what to expect. Armed with a camera and 2 lenses, I was ready. The crowd was maybe around 200 or so, some commenting that they expected to see bigger numbers. I figured they would come later in the day. After a few speeches, including one by Angela Davis, the marches began. I walked alongside the crowd and in the middle of it, capturing pride, anger, togetherness and in some cases, separation. Thousands were out in mass protest. It was amazing to be in the middle of it, freezing these moments as they unfolded. Check out photos I shot at Occupy Oakland.

2 Comments on “Occupy Oakland General Strike 11/02/2011

  1. Ian, these are very inspiring set of photographs you captured from the protest. You recorded the emotions and intensity of the whole event very vividly, and your choice of B&W presentation created a very “real” and natural impression of the event. I felt as if I was in the middle of the whole thing.
    You can make a great photo-journalist !! Not kidding here.

    • Thank you for your kind words, Robin. Ever since my E-3 was stolen I’ve been a little uneasy about bringing my equipment out into the public, but I love street photography and capturing situations like these. I had to bring my camera with me.

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