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Singer on Mayday

Andrew  Makowiecki

Melbourne, Australia

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This is a singer at the Mayday March in Melbourne.

One thing that struck me when photographing this person were the cultural beliefs that underpin a lot of our imagery.

For instance Waltzing Matilda ( our alternative national anthem )is a song about a person down on his luck who stole a sheep and is killed by the authorities that is a policeman. A very anti government song.

For a lot of our history government and police have been hated and seen as oppressive forces by a very sizable proportion of the population.

My very old father in law used to tell me about the hatred and loathing the Protestants and Catholics had for each other. This was right up to the nineteen sixties.

The police and government represented the Protestants authority to the poorer class the Catholics. Hence they were seen as instruments of oppression and hated by many.

It struck me the singer in this photo looked like a catholic or poor person from those times. His playing a small accordion, his appearance, his song being a protest sort of song like Waltzing Matilda and other things.

A socialist rebel against the ruling powers.

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