“So are all these people Trump supporters, or protestors?”
My instinct was to yell “protestors!” but as I looked blearily around my 6am bus to D.C last Friday I realized I didn’t know either. (Also it was 5:45am – I was fading in and out of sleep). Four hours later we arrived in D.C at Union Station. As I walked through the station the tension was palpable. I wasn’t wearing anything that marked my political affiliation. I could feel people eyeing me suspiciously trying to guess whose side I was on. Leaving the station I walked past people screaming insults/labels at each other, “Racist!”, “He’s your President now!”, Deplorable Baby!”, “Fuck you!”.
A few hours later I walked into a protest where a trash can was burning in the street. I didn’t feel threatened by the fire. What I did find disturbing was the sense that the crowd, which included swarms of photographers and reporters, was waiting/rooting for a violent outburst to occur. As I walked around the shut down city I kept thinking of the Margaret Atwood quote that my friend chose to use for her March poster, “War is what happens when language fails.”
A few blocks away people were selling Trump paraphernalia out of shopping carts. A man asked a woman selling “Make America Great Again” flags if they were flammable. She replied, “I don’t know. Give me $20 and you can find out.”
Saturday’s March had a completely different energy than Friday. Honestly, I can’t say anything more eloquently about the day that hasn’t already been said. I teared up immediately when I climbed out of my friend’s Dad’s car (7 in a sedan-totally normal, right?) and saw the streets flooded with women, signs in hands, hats on heads, eagerly heading to march.
I am a wedding photographer, not a photojournalist. This is clearly not a post about a wedding, but as calls for artists to use/share their work with the world go out, I wanted to share a glimpse into what I saw last weekend.
(I am also so grateful/thankful for the women I marched with last week —Maddie Wise, Morgan Green, Depauli Gupta, Amelia Golden, and Natalie Be’er. Thank you!!!)
Also….some helpful websites to get through the days ahead….