John Robb

Melbourne, Australia

John Robb is a photographer from Melbourne who likes to look an the other direction with a camera and find new and interesting...

USA - Peace, Protest and Parades

When over in the USA, earlier in the year, I had the unexpected privilege to come across quiet a few different street related activities in my travels. I thought that I would finally take the opportunity to journal about them.

The first opportunity came to me as I travelled on the road less travelled through the centre of Utah. As I entered the town of Ephram on the Saturday morning of the Memorial day weekend I discovered the roads before me blocked by police. My first thought was perhaps just a little bit related to the fact that they may be after me but the diversion was in place for the local Scandinavian Heritage Festival – it made me wonder how many Scandinavians are in Utah.

In New York I came across a small protest near Times Square. Interestingly, and somewhat naively I thought, it was brave to see Palestinians protest in the heart of a very Jewish city. when I approached I saw that people from both faiths were there to support the notion of a state of Israil that wasn’t focussed on Zionist principals but rather a broad and inclusive land for all people. Jewish people stood side by side with Palestinians.

Onwards to northern California I had once again the fortune to trip across another street parade celebrating the queen of the town of Ferndale. It’s a wonderful town that’s off the beaten track and if I had a green card I could see myself living there – and perhaps watching the street parade one Saturday morning.

In the last few days of my holiday were in San Francisco. Coincidence once played a strong part as I stayed in a hotel on the edge of Chinatown – and a place remembering the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

The news in the last few days has been focussed on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. An event that had people dancing in the streets and gathering in celebration. It made me think about those I came across in my travels who gather in celebration today and those who still protest injustices in this world.

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