Standing Up is the First Step by Richard Buchanan II

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I’m grateful to have been featured in the following:

Abstract Art on October 18, 2011
Shapes and Patterns on October 19, 2011
Monochrome in Color on October 21, 2011.
The Power of Simplicity on October 24, 2011.

Dedicated to the brave protesters taking part in Occupy Wall Street and related protests. To those who’ve taken action over apathy and bitterness, those who’ve pushed for truth over misinformation and empty speech. In the emptiness and uncertainty outside our roles as mindless consumers and obedient, expendable workers, there may seem little reason for hope. But only in fighting for our rights, scaling the wall between us and the ultimate outcome of hard work and one great dream, and bringing those responsible for the 2008 financial crisis into the light, can we ensure future safeguards, and prevent another economic catastrophe.

If we stay where we are and do nothing, the greedy, powerful few inside those grand doors will continue to hide and feast.

Stairs and the guard rail of a silo.

Minolta Maxxum 5
Minolta AF 50mm f/1.7
Rollei Digibase slide film – ISO 200 – f/8, 1/180th second


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  • Clo Sed
    Clo Sedover 2 years ago

    I love the symbol you put here
    because it fits so well with the image

  • You have my deepest thanks, Magali. I was able to upload this sooner than I did, but I closed out of the upload page the first time around. I knew there was a connection to be made between those enormous, barred-off gateway rectangles surrounded by so much empty space and the abuse suffered by the middle and poor classes across the world, but I couldn’t summon the words for it at the time. If this was to be a dedication, I knew it had to honor those it is dedicated to as well as inform.

    – Richard Buchanan II

  • Scott Johnson
    Scott Johnsonover 2 years ago

    Here Here! Well stated, Richard; very nice photo too!

  • ah, a fellow believer. 8) Thank you, Scott. It’s such a great accomplishment to produce writing that strongly complements an image. I feel all the more so about this, as important and meaningful as these protests are to me.

    – Richard Buchanan II

  • DLKeur
    DLKeurover 2 years ago

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...over 2 years ago

    Excellent work!

  • Thank you, Andrew – both for your compliment and selecting this to be featured.

    – Richard Buchanan II

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 2 years ago

    Congratulations!! You have been featured in the Monochrome in Color group (clickable banner)

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  • Thank you, Cee. I’m thrilled that this was among your feature selections.

    – Richard Buchanan II

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 2 years ago

  • JanT
    JanTover 2 years ago

    Great lines and angles!

  • JanT
    JanTover 2 years ago


  • You have my deepest thanks, Jan – both for your compliment and your gracious feature. Thank you, once again.

    – Richard Buchanan II

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartover 2 years ago

    love the lines, beautifully done Richard

  • You’re too kind, Georgie. ::happy grin:: Thank you very much.

    – Richard Buchanan II

  • goddarb
    goddarbalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture! Deserves all the recognition ! And bravo for the dedication!

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