I shot these photographs at a protest in Midtown Manhattan (Times Square, Grand Central Station, and a march downtown/shutdown of 6th and 7th avenues) on December 3, 2014, the day after the Staten Island Grand Jury decided not to indict Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. I had an old 35mm Pentax Spotmatic F with me, as well as four rolls of film, thankfully, rolling around in the bottom of my purse. The light meter was broken on the camera so I had to guess on the exposure, but overall, I’m happy with the results. The Spotmatic F was introduced in 1964 and it’s eerie how nostalgic these shots are; I can’t help but feel that we’re regressing, and these photos don’t do much to demonstrate otherwise.
I developed them at home in my kitchen: Two rolls of Kodak Portra (400 + 800), a roll of Tri-X, and a roll of Ilford HP5+.
Dec 3, 2014 / New York, NY