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
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
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
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
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.
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”
***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
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.
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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.