Black Lives Matter
There’s a point on the periphery of every demo where people cease to be part of a crowd and become private individuals again.
With numbers, comes solidarity and strength, the normalisation of carrying placards and banners, chanting, cheering, and occupying the middle of the road. The usual rules do not apply.
After a march, protestors break into smaller groups. Placards are held more discretely and a sense of vulnerability descends after the euphoria of the protest.
I wanted to catch BLM protestors at this moment, as they crystallised back into everyday citizens, bringing their determination to bring change home.
The relationship with the photographer changes on this perimeter too. During the march the crowd is deemed to have consented to photography and filming. Before or after the event, the photographer needs to seek consent, and enter into a relationship with individuals.