2-19-13 This Is The End (Of Valentine’s Day)

On February 14, I took a lot of pictures. Many related to One Billion Rising, a number to the protest about Ovation and many to Valentine’s Day and Aruba.

Yes, Aruba was having some picture-taking event in Times Square.

Here is one of the young women who was working the event…

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a little cold for the island but still…and as I was leaving Aruba, another of the young ladies working the event tapped me on the shoulder and said “you might want to shoot this…so I did

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I am not certain why they were flying.

There was also a Valentine’s Day circle set up so couples could have friends or strangers take their picture with their phones…

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They seem to be having an enjoyable evening.

And let’s end this post with  a couple that is still under development…

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Thus endeth Quotidian Hudson’s 5 days of V day…

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2-18-13 Ovation Demonstration

First we  will have a moment of quiet contemplation to allow our Downton Abbey friends time to recover.

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There – now we can proceed.

On Valentine’s day when I went to shoot One Billion Rising in Columbus Circle I ran smack dab into a small protest/demonstration against TWC (Time Warner Cable) This is an easy company to protest against, believe me. The Time Warner Center takes up the entire western side of Columbus Circle and so Columbus Circle is a logical place to march around.

This particular group was protesting TWC’s decision to drop The Ovation Channel in favor of more sports programming. Ovation is/was the only station on TWC that devoted all of its original programming to the arts. I have no idea if they knew about One Billion Rising staging a flash mob at Columbus Circle but the Ovation protestors got out of the way during the rising and were media savvy enough to get the camera crews on site to shoot them and interview their leaders afterwards.

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However, I have to say that my favorite people of this part of my day had nothing to do with either One Billion Rising or Ovation. They were just two folks looking for their lodging…

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2-15-13 Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

Who are they? No idea.

Why are they kissing? They just got married

Where is this? In the Gospel Tent at the New Orleans Jazz Festival 1995

Why did you shoot this picture at this angle?  I was at JazzFest

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I’ve never done this but since I really liked what I submitted yesterday, I thought I would leave a link to it today.

Lord was she beautiful and could all of them act!

 

Check out this link for more viewpoints on a kiss.

2-14-13 (Two Brief Moments Of) One Billion Rising – New York City

One Billion Rising held actions, dance, rise, strikes, all over the world yesterday.

“About One Billion Rising:

ONE IN THREE WOMEN ON THE PLANET WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME.*

*2003 UNIFEM report entitled “Not A Minute More: Ending Violence Against Women,” or 2008, the UNITE To End Violence Against Women Campaign, initiated by UN Secretary-General’s Office

ONE BILLION WOMEN VIOLATED IS AN ATROCITY

ONE BILLION WOMEN DANCING IS A REVOLUTION

On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 14 February 2013, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders…”

There were 100 events (or more) in the five Boroughs of New York City alone.  I was able to photograph/participate in two events. The first was a flash(dance) mob at Columbus Circle, the second was in Times Square.

Here are just a few of the images I made:

The event at Columbus Circle took place at 12:30…

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The event in Times Square started around 5pm and was still going when I had to leave at 6:15.

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A picture truly can be worth a 1000 words

A picture truly can be worth a 1000 words

I am just learning to shoot video with my smart phone in my left hand while shooting with my SLR in my right so…

As the event in Times Square happened, a Vow Renewal ceremony was in progress. That is where the music comes from in this clip…