I have no protest photos from ten years ago. (Were protests happening then but my privilege kept me from them?)
My first protest photo was from seven years ago at the One Billion Rising protest in Downtown Atlanta’s Piedmont Park when people flash-mobbed the exact same choreography (by Debbie Allen) to the exact same song (written by Tena Clark) on the 15th anniversary of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls (estimated at one billion who are raped or beaten in their lifetime).
Already a street photographer, I got hooked that day, and since then have been covering the (what seems to be) growing number of protests I encounter while Traveling at the Speed of Bike.
I see a little girl at every protest who is holding up a sign like her life depends on it. And, increasingly, I realize that, in fact, it does.
Here is a small selection of protest photos I took in 2019:
If interested, see the rest of my decade-ending “look back” this week: