October 5th, 2011
I headed down to Zuccotti Park to see what this new movement was about. I was hearing things... snippets here and there, but I wasn't sure what it was. Stepping onto the street from the subway was eerie. Wall Street was quiet, not a sound. It didn't feel like the city I'm used to. The area was barred and things were single file. No cars or car horns to speak of. I finally found the park, not knowing what to expect. The first thing I saw was a meditation circle. I welled up with tears because I knew this was a completely different experience. Something poignant was emerging. I was compelled to contribute in my own way.
I stopped shooting Occpy Wall Street in Dec. 2011 when I felt it became too dangerous and arrests were happening all around me. I started noticing cops standing on their vans videotaping the protests as well. A strategy to intimidate? Who knows. The only exception is when I photographed the year anniversary, Sept 2012. I still felt the adrenaline of the possibility of getting arrested just for being there.
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