Film Photography: Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park

Last week, I had a doctor's appointment and didn't realize I would be walking by the Occupy Wall Street headquarters in Zuccotti Park. I had my Hasselblad with a roll of Kodak Tri-X 400 loaded, so after my pneumonia diagnosis I stopped at Occupy Wall Street to check it out. I was only there to snap some pictures and probably should have just went straight home, but I did have the camera on me...

Two things I noticed at Zuccotti Park: first for an "unorganized group" they have done a good job with setting things up and assigning groups/tasks. There were two large Work Assignment boards and they had a Reading Library set up by sections for the protestors or anyone who happened to stop by. There is a food station that was receiving donations, a dedicated space for storage of non-perishables, and a dishwashing station. It looks like they even had a rack or two of warm weather gear that has been donated.

Second, the people are engaging, friendly, and positive. Sure, it's a shit show in some ways. There are already tourists with their cell phones and DSLRs flashing. You would think that the protestors would get annoyed with the "snap and run" folks in their faces, but I didn't see any ill will towards tourists or photographers. If you do go down there, you should take the time to talk to people. They have all the time in the world to talk to you and it helps you understand what might motivate someone to camp out in a park for days or weeks on end.

These were shot on Kodak Tri-X 400 at box speed and developed in XKodak Xtol at 20C for 6.25 minutes.

New Yorker Cover Sign at Occupy Wall Street, Zuccotti Park, Kodak Tri-X 400

Kid Approaching Drummers at Occupy Wall Street, Zuccotti Park, Kodak Tri-X 400

Protestors Working at Occupy Wall Street, Zuccotti Park, Kodak Tri-X 400

Bring My Boyfriend Back, Occupy Wall Street, Zuccotti Park, Kodak Tri-X 400 This girl might not have been here if it weren't for her boyfriend's discharg delay (twice!) from Afghanistan. She said if he were home, she wouldn't be here in New York.

Recycle Station at Occupy Wall Street, Zuccotti Park, Kodak Tri-X 400

"I Prefer" Sign, Occupy Wall Street, Zuccotti Park, Kodak Tri-X 400

Leading a Meeting, Occupy Wall Street, Zuccotti Park, Kodak Tri-X 400

Working Schedule Board at Occupy Wall Street, Zuccotti Park, Kodak Tri-X 400