Photo courtesy of Mr. You from Japan with his lovely old Leica
With the birth of the #Occupy movement in New York on September 15th the world began to re-imagine what it means to be without a home and create a community that reaches from the top 1% to the bottom 1%. Along with the gathering at Zuccotti Park came a plethora of foreign journalists, ever interested in America's latest craze - protest and occupation. "What took you so long?", they all said, referencing the people's protests in Egypt, Spain and other countries in need of reformation of government and finance.
In recent days I have come to see my time at Zuccotti as magical, life changing - even life affirming. But the true measure of what we experienced and created comes in my emails every day - the photos from the event, impressions,, actions and resolutions of a revolution. We have been described recently by a journalist from Croatia as "contemporary desperados" and whilst I love the idea of being somehow at odds with the law, the truth of the matter is, is that we are totally within it - the embodiment of constitutional warriors, fighting for our/your rights, the same as those who fought for our original freedom from England.
In this post I want to share some of my impressions and the impressions of others shared with me - a stream of subconsciousness impressions if you will. Every day I think I am somehow lucky to have been chosen to be in the position I am in. Rather than feel what a sorry f*cking life I have because it's not like everyone else's, I feel awfully good most days. I may not have a job, but I certainly have an occupation - and a circle of people who feel exactly as I do. Here are the comments of You, a Japanese visitor to our little #OWS utopia in Zuccotti park:
"I am the Japanese guy who visited Ducatti park one day and photographed you in a lovely box with my old Leica. You asked me to send pictures and gave me your mail address. Hope you remember it.
Anyway, the moment I had at the park, surrounded by millions of tents and people staying, was something very special for me. I felt like I went back to 1970s. As a photographer, I fell in love with the atmosphere indeed. Although now is the age and here is the city which we seem to be able to get food, clothes, information, and even relationship by just pressing a button, you guys were doing everything by your own hands, face to face, friendlily, and they are always interactive, never be one-way. To be honest, I would like to tell you that what you have done showed me the essence of human being and the possibility of our future.