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Occupy Atlanta in Woodruff Park | Downtown Atlanta Photojournalist | #OccupyAtlanta

Images from the Occupy Atlanta protest happening in Atlanta's Woodruff Park. Part of the larger Occupy Wall Street movement happening in New York City.
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While I know we usually post weddings and engagements only around here on the blog, once in a while I’ll go out and practice a totally different subject matter to keep my photography skills well-rounded and challenge myself. Last Friday I walked over to Woodruff Park in Downtown Atlanta (since we live only 3 blocks away) to see what was happening with the Occupy Atlanta branch of the Occupy Wall Street movement was up to. Now I’m not making ANY sort of political statement with these photos, just shooting some pictures to get powerful images for the sake of news and photojournalism.

#OccupyAtlanta General Assembly Woodruff Park 10/07 Occupy Atlanta #OccupyWallStreet

#OccupyAtlanta General Assembly Woodruff Park 10/07 Occupy Atlanta #OccupyWallStreet

#OccupyAtlanta General Assembly Woodruff Park 10/07 Occupy Atlanta #OccupyWallStreet

You may have seen the news that Congressman John Lewis made an appearance. I took a few photos while the assembly was trying to decide to let him speak or not.

Congressman John Lewis | #OccupyAtlanta General Assembly Woodruff Park 10/07 Occupy Atlanta #OccupyWallStreet

John Lewis' Blocker Speaks | #OccupyAtlanta General Assembly Woodruff Park 10/07 Occupy Atlanta #OccupyWallStreet

Congressman John Lewis at #OccupyAtlanta General Assembly Woodruff Park 10/07 Occupy Atlanta #OccupyWallStreet

I went back home after a while but had to meet someone later at night so out of curiosity I swung back by the park on my way home and sure enough they were still in assembly. I love this next photo:

I am the 99% | #OccupyAtlanta General Assembly Woodruff Park 10/07 Occupy Atlanta #OccupyWallStreet

Some more signs from the Occupy Atlanta attendees.

#OccupyAtlanta General Assembly Woodruff Park 10/07 Occupy Atlanta #OccupyWallStreet

#OccupyAtlanta General Assembly Woodruff Park 10/07 Occupy Atlanta #OccupyWallStreet

And with news happening just outside our door, I saw on twitter that the Atlanta Police Department was possibly going to arrest the people who had camped out in Woodruff Park over the weekend against city ordinances. Late Monday night I grabbed the camera and walked over again. Now since the APD didn’t make any arrest their were no “once in a lifetime” emotional photos, and overall it was really really hard to take photos of people running around in near pitch-black darkness.

#OccupyAtlanta Monday Night Woodruff Park 10/10 Occupy Atlanta #OccupyWallStreet

#OccupyAtlanta Monday Night Woodruff Park 10/10 Occupy Atlanta #OccupyWallStreet

#OccupyAtlanta Monday Night Woodruff Park 10/10 Occupy Atlanta #OccupyWallStreet

#OccupyAtlanta Monday Night Woodruff Park 10/10 Occupy Atlanta #OccupyWallStreet

#OccupyAtlanta Monday Night Woodruff Park 10/10 Occupy Atlanta #OccupyWallStreet

Atlanta public officials handing out copies of the city’s park rules and regulations about urban camping:

#OccupyAtlanta Monday Night Woodruff Park 10/10 Occupy Atlanta #OccupyWallStreet

APD ready to move in but they just monitored the situation:

#OccupyAtlanta Monday Night Woodruff Park 10/10 Occupy Atlanta #OccupyWallStreet

This last photo was probably my favorite capture from Monday night because he was enjoying the humorous side of the Occupy Atlanta movement with his constant sign in front of the local TV news cameras:

We Demand Free iPhones For All Homeless People!! | Occupy Atlanta Monday Night 10/10/11 #OccupyAtlanta #OccupyWallStreet

So that wraps up my “coverage” of the Occupy Atlanta movement so far. I may walk over again this week if their is going to be any news-worthy events happening. I submitted my Monday night photos to CNN’s iReport and they used two of the images. Not sure if they appeared live on TV but they do show up as published on the iReport website here: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-685306

Overall it was a good training exercise for any night time weddings and having to photograph people in near darkness. Keeping my photography skills fresh!! I also photographed a triathlon on Sunday morning so I will be posting that soon as well, another chance to work on photographing people that are moving WAY faster than a typical bride and groom!! =) Look forward to more “normal” blog posts about wedding photography and engagement photography in Atlanta.

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