March For Bernie Rally in Bellingham, Washington


It was a beautiful sunny day the Sunday before the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, over 200 supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders gathered to show support for Vermont Senator. Still “Feelin’ the Bern,” they began their march at Bellingham City Hall at the intersection of Commercial Avenue and Lottie Street.

Still Feeling the Bern

Christina Farsovitch, left, her daughter Elaina Farsovitch, both from Marysville, and Scott Sanderson of Bellingham, right with flag, cheer as the March for Bernie Rally begins on Saturday afternoon July 24, 2016, in downtown Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Christina Farsovitch, left, her daughter Elaina Farsovitch, both from Marysville, and Scott Sanderson of Bellingham, right with flag, cheer as the March for Bernie Rally begins on Saturday afternoon July 24, 2016, in downtown Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

The march began at city hall, snaked its way through downtown Bellingham, and finally arriving at Maritime Heritage Park. Traffic was stopped, people honked, people yelled obscenities, people joined as the march continued forward.

A Whole Bunch of Folks

About 200 marchers reach Maritime Heritage park during the March for Bernie Rally in downtown Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

About 200 marchers reach Maritime Heritage park during the March for Bernie Rally in downtown Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

At the park, a variety of speakers made their case about why Bernie Sanders must stay in the race. Many stated they believed in him for the simple fact he is unwavering in his beliefs, he has high integrity, and has a successful track record in congress.

Filling the Streets

About 200 marchers file down West Holley Street during the March for Bernie Rally on Saturday afternoon July 24, 2016, in downtown Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

About 200 marchers file down West Holley Street during the March for Bernie Rally on Saturday afternoon July 24, 2016, in downtown Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

What I found odd was the absolute lack of a police presence. There were no officers, nor police cars, nor even sheriff’s deputies. The crowd was polite and accommodating.

Portraits of Attendees

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Judith Lockwood of Bellingham. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Scott Sanderson of Bellingham waits for the march to begin. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Scott Sanderson of Bellingham. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were a lot of kids at the rally. For ethical reasons, I don’t like photographing kids under 15 holding signs. Here’s why: they are too young to hold a valid opinion.

Helping Mom

Logan Lundy, 7, of Bellingham cheers passing cars with other rally goers during the March for Bernie Rally. One question you must ask: Does a 7-year-old really know about politics?. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Logan Lundy, 7, of Bellingham cheers passing cars with other rally goers during the March for Bernie Rally. One question you must ask: Does a 7-year-old really know about politics?. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

I’ve discussed this with many editors, journalists, photojournalists, and journalism professors. With the exception of photographers, most agree. Kids at rallies essentially parrot their parents. They are only holding the sign because mom or dad gave it to them. I am appalled when kids hold signs that say things like “I wouldn’t be here if Mom aborted me,” or “Guns Kill,” or any other saying that using children as an excuse for a political movement. 

Still “Feelin’ the Bern”

Christina Farsovitch, left, and her daughter Elaina Farsovitch, both from Marysville, cheer passing cars before the March for Bernie Rally on Saturday afternoon July 24, 2016, in downtown Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Christina Farsovitch, left, and her daughter Elaina Farsovitch, both from Marysville, cheer passing cars before the March for Bernie Rally on Saturday afternoon July 24, 2016, in downtown Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

***This week’s TIPs:

  • Scout locations where the march will be. Look for high spots to photograph from to show how large the crowd may be.
  • Get INSIDE the march for more intimate photos. Don’t be afraid to be stepped on. You won’t. They’re people and they’ll just walk around.
  • Get low to clean up the background from distractions such as power lines, business signs, and poles.
  • Don’t be afraid to walk along and chat with the marchers. You learn interesting stories.
  • Don’t be afraid to get names. People will give you their names, just ask.

In the Thick of It

About 200 marchers file down Commercial Street during the March for Bernie Rally. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

About 200 marchers file down Commercial Street during the March for Bernie Rally. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

In the photo above, I was photographing with my 17-35 on my D3. The little girl in the center put her sign in front of her face and kept walking. As I was paying attention to all the movement, she got closer and closer. I finally noticed her when she almost ran into me. I heard her mom say “Honey, watch out!” which caught my attention. I avoided the embarrassing collision just in time.

To view more photos of the Bellingham Bernie Sanders rally, view the page March for Bernie Rally

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Paul Conrad is an award-winning photographer living in Bellingham north of Seattle, WA, in the Pacific Northwest. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and in Europe. He is available for assignments anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Although his specialty is photojournalism covering news, sports, and editorial portraits, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings.

His clients include Getty Images, Wire Image, AirBnB, The Bellingham Herald, and many local business in Whatcom County. Previous clients are Associated Press, the New York Times, L.A. Times, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, and many others.

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