Occupy Waterford Day 5

I went back down to the camp again today. I wanted to take more pictures and talk to the people about how it was all going and get more information about them themselves. I’ve read a lot of talk on-line about the group positive and negative. I’d like to clear up some speculation about the group. People who say “These people are all on the dole and it should be cut because they are not looking for work” “They’re just littering the place” just negative things about people who probably haven’t even talked to them. I have to say I have never met a more friendlier bunch of people, within a minute of saying hello I was offered tea, coffee, sandwiches and biscuits! They told me the people and local businesses have been very kind donating all sorts like food, drinks, hot water, scarf’s, gloves, blankets, tents, gazebos and even money.

They seem to be very organised with things like incident report books, security rotas and a kitchen! While I was there for the 2 hour period I saw several people come and go who had to go home to their families and would be back again tomorrow. Some of these people had their children with them. Some have jobs and some are doing courses because they can’t find work. It’s not all just “hippies” and “wasters”. They were receiving quite a bit of support from cars beeping while I was there also. So much so a nearby hotel manager has complained about the noise. One of the protesters joked.. “I bet he didn’t complain during tall ships about the noise when he was making a lot of money”. Unfortunately they have had a group of people throwing eggs at their camp during the night out of a car.

I support the whole occupy movement but I hate to be cynical and say it, I really don’t think its going to make any major impacts on the government/banks it’s just way to easy for them just to ignore it. I will continue to support them though by taking these pictures and posting them on-line for people to see.

Anyway here are the pictures from today:

Occupy Waterford

Occupy Waterford

Occupy Waterford

Occupy Waterford

Occupy Waterford

Occupy Waterford

Occupy Waterford

Occupy Waterford

Occupy Waterford

Occupy Waterford

Occupy Waterford

Occupy Waterford

Occupy Waterford

Occupy Waterford

Occupy Waterford

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Occupy Waterford

Well, it’s started. I wasn’t sure if it would start down here but I got a message from a friend today that people were camping outside the bank on the Quay in Waterford City. We took a spin down and sure enough there was. I’m quite happy its started because I have been wanting to go to the protests in Dublin but weather and work were against me. I haven’t taken any proper shots in over a month so it’s nice to be able to start something again. Had a chat with a few of the people down there and they are all really friendly. Anyway here are some of the shots from today the 1st day.

Occupy Waterford

Occupy Waterford

Occupy Waterford

Occupy Waterford

Elton, Occupy Waterford

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The Taxi Man

Fairly happy with this photo of a taxi man I was talking to earlier tonight.

The Taxi Man

I was talking to him about black people(non-racist)/the dole/and my bike while I was out cycling with a few friends. I took this shot and asked him his name. He joked, “what do you want it to be?” I’d say he thought I was some weirdo. I explained how I take photos of strangers and in 20 years time these pictures would mean some load. I don’t think he really got it though.

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People Shots

Just some shots of a stranger and a few people I know.

Its a shame shes not looking at the camera, I took two shots and in both she was looking at the dog but at least the dog is looking at me haha.

Woman

The rest are friends and my father. I’m not too happy with the light but ah well that’s what you get for shooting in the shade.

Niall

Michael

My Father

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I made a Blurb Book!

So coming from the other post where I said I wanted to get a book printed. I actually did it the other night! I made a book with about 25 images from the protest I shot back in May. I was actually surprised how easy it was to put together. Using the blurb software it took me about 20 – 40 minutes. I kinda went all out on the first one and its ended up costing me €50 just for 1 book, a 10 x 8 landscape with 30 pages, hardback with dust jacket, ProLine Pearl photo paper which gives it a great texture to it, custom logos(no blurb logo) and Proline white end sheets. It came in 2 days after it was shipped all the way from San Francisco!

Here some photos of the book:

Blurb Book "Protest"

Blurb Book "Protest"

Blurb Book "Protest"

Blurb Book "Protest"

Blurb Book "Protest"

I’m going to do another one soon, this time go for soft cover and it’ll have pretty much all the pictures I’ve taken that I’ve really liked over the last few years. Just something to have for myself that’s bigger! After that I’ll start on some sort of portfolio based books.

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