Monday, 2 February 2015

Newtown West Connex Protest

What's is like to be involved in a protest and document the event as a photo journalist? Simple answer, it was fun. I didn't expect to be involved in the protest but that's what spontaneous can gives you.

I did my own photo-walk from Central Station to Newtown in the morning and just dropped by Newtown for lunch. After that I just simply wonder around King St, Newtown and I happened to came across an organised protest against a proposed motorway. The locals are very passionate about environmental issues. They fear that the potential motorway will greatly impact on traffic and the environment.

There was at least 3000 locals came out in force, a rough estimate. But somehow the media report to be 1500 people. It seem to me 3000 was the right number. The media didn't report correctly. It's on someone payroll. It is so corrupted these days that who ever pay their bills they report favourably on important public stories. Where's the integrity in pure information? Or the media is simply another propaganda machine.

I once heard a famous quote somewhere that all photography is propaganda. I think the author of the quote used to be a photo journalist. When I photograph important public event I usually don't crop in post. I leave the photo as it is. I try to keep the integrity of the photo as pure as possible. I will use the darkroom techniques of dodge and burn. And I only display black and white. I think photo journalism should be in black and white. That's just my opinion. But people like to see colours.

You can check out my Flicker album on the event/protest. There's over 200 photos from protest. From the start to finish. There's other photo journalists around but the editor of the local newspaper only interested in a few photos. But I don't have anyone paying my bills so I can publish as much as I want. If you like it share it around for me.