Operation Cast Lead

Andrew  Makowiecki

Melbourne, Australia

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This image was taken during the demonstrations in Melbourne against Israel and operation Cast Lead.in 2009

For those that don’t know what operation Cast Lead was it involved a ground incursion into Gaza by the Israeli army and also the bombing of Gaza by the Israeli airforce.

I think about fifteen hundred Palestinians died including around three hundred and fifty children during the operation.

A lot of the demonstrators were Palestinians or from around that area and was by far the most emotional demonstration I have been to.

At Parliament house where the rally finished some of the demonstrators were burning Israeli flags. and that sort of thing. which is what this picture is about.

One thing I learned from this demonstration is how easily war can spread. War gets into people emotions and then it can work like a bushfire flashing and burning out of control.

Personally I was appalled by the bombing of Gaza. I don’t know how they can solve the problems of Israel and the Palestinians but bombing the Palestinians will not solve anything.

This image was taken on film using a Mamiya 645. I made a mistake with processing the film developing it a bit too long so the negative has too much contrast.

Another problem was it was summer and the demonstration was in the early afternoon. So the sun was very bright and the light was not ideal for B and W photography.

It was only recently that I have had enough skill to be able to use the neg in a
digital image. In the past the picture has never looked right.

This image is not perfect but good enough to use because of the content of the picture

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