Got stuck behind the 8-ball of work deadlines this week but I was able to nip out for an hour and a half and catch a few snaps of the "Occupy Vancouver" protest in the park outside the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Apparently there were more than 4,000 people in attendance.
Yes, placement of "The Dark Tower of Sauron" in the frame aka the TD Bank building was entirely intentional! Call it subtle (AHEM!) commentary.
And there was a whole lot of commentary to be seen amongst the crowds with people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds making a statement in support of their various causes.
There were almost as many cameras in attendance as there were signs and placards. The media circus was in full swing with professionals, semi-pros and hobbyists all grabbing footage and photos from every angle.
Despite the presence of so many cameras, I still found myself feeling self conscious every time I took a picture. It still seems rude to capture someones image without asking especially given the possibility of sharing it with the world on this blog. This is something I'm trying to get over.
This was my most brazen of pictures. I walked right by him moments later and was half expecting to be thrown down to the ground and have my camera confiscated but I got a nod and a smile instead.
In light of the horrible events that transpired a few months ago following the Vancouver Canucks' loss in the Stanley Cup final, not to mention certain past incidents involving large crowds and local law enforcement, it was nice to see everyone getting along on Saturday. "Peaceful Protest" was very much the order of the day and though there were significant numbers of Police around (including several undercover guys tucked away up high on the surrounding buildings) everyone seemed to be in good spirits all things considered.
I'm very curious to see how this worldwide movement advances and grows over the coming month. Hopefully the protests will at least inspire intelligent debate. Even better how significant positive change? Regardless of the outcome, I hope they remain peaceful.
There are far too many in this world who are suffering needlessly. There are also too many in this world who are unaware of just how lucky they are. For more on "The Power of Privilege" take a read of THIS BLOG by a very special friend of mine.
Until next time folks, peace and love.