One Year On: The Women’s March Returns to Washington

Women's March '18 edit

All images Leica M10 with 35mm Summilux

It was 365 days ago that the horror of the Trump presidency was offset by the half million protestors who took to DC’s streets on a grey winter day when all seemed otherwise gloomy.  The wounds of the election had not yet healed, and we had no idea — honestly, no idea — just how awful Trump’s first year in office would be. The fact that so many women, and so many men, came out to protest him was a small, necessary tonic for our pain.

And then the demonstrations kept coming — the spontaneous demonstrations against the Muslim Ban, the planned marches we marked on our calendar and planned our weekends around, from the March for Science in April to the March for Puerto Rico in October.  There have been so many marches, in fact, that we created a gallery of images entitled “Washington Demonstrations In The Age of Trump.” Honestly, these demonstrations, these opportunities to express our profound disapproval of the dotard in the White House, were — aside from being able to canvas in Virginia, to cheer the night Alabama went blue — the only relief we have had, it seems, in this long year since the inauguration.  And happily, today in DC and around the country, crowds came out again to protest after a heinous week that was the capstone to a horrid year.

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Once again the crowds were joyous, despite it all.  And we were out there once again with our Leica M10 and 35mm Summilux.  Now, if you don’t care about Leicas, just scroll down to the pictures.  But this was also the one-year anniversary of our having a Leica M10, essentially the 4th generation of Leica’s digital rangefinder built on the frame of the Leica M, using the greatest collection of lenses in photography.  After one year using the M10 in these marches (we used our SL only once, during the March for Science, in a downpour), we can report that it is the best Leica M of all time, a workhorse, a reliable and intuitive camera.  Going out with it to capture the demonstrations against Trump has been one of the best things about a horrific year.  Enjoy the rest of these snaps from today.

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