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Our Top 10 Photos Taken This Year At Demonstrations Against Trump

Posted in Leica M, Trump Protests with tags , , , , on December 16, 2017 by johnbuckley100

March For Racial Justice-2

All images taken with the Leica M10 and 35mm Summilux 

The only solace we have had in 2017 against the cruel and unusual punishment visited upon the land by the election of Donald Trump has been the ability to go to Washington demonstrations.  They came so quickly after the inauguration — the Women’s March, which was scheduled, the protests against the Muslim ban, which for successive weekends were spontaneous — that at a certain point we joked about being appreciative of Trump, as he had organized our weekend activities for us: take camera to demonstration, march, record it for posterity.  In fact, we we have a gallery filled with dozens of images entitled “Washington Demonstrations In The Age of Trump”.

The picture above was taken in September at the combined March for Black Woman and March for Social Justice.  It’s our favorite image of the year because, for once, the light was decent, but also because it reflects  what happened in this awful, yet miraculous year of resistance.  See, two competing events merged into one, because the cause was unifying.  The white woman is out of place, but so what — this is the way we’re going to get out of this mess, as Virginia and Alabama show: white women and black women turning out in record numbers to vote these creeps from office.  So call that image our designated #1 picture of this year of demonstrations.  And, ah, what the Hell, here are 14 more from a remarkable year of political activity across the four seasons:

March For Racial Justice-11



March For Truth-4




white-house-protest-12917-25Tax Day Demo-12

Unity March For Puerto Rico-19

womens-march-44March For Racial Justice-5white-house-protest-12917-2third-trump-demo-march-8

Marching From The Royal Palace

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on September 17, 2015 by johnbuckley100

Bangkok, 2007.  Leica M8, 35mm Summilux Asph.

Bangkok Royal Palace

Snow Is Only Good When You Pay For It

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 15, 2015 by johnbuckley100

My wife believes that snow is only great when you visit it, not the other way around.  We thought of that this morning, in solidarity with our friends in Boston.  It reminded us of how great snowshoeing in Jackson Hole can be — and how awful it is to be in a city digging, digging, digging out from blizzards.  Leica Monochrom, 28mm Summicron Asph, New Years Eve 2012.

Teton Monochrom 2012

Mulling His Options

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 11, 2013 by johnbuckley100

Leica M (typ 240), 35mm Summilux Asph FLE, slightly cropped.

Mulling His Options

And Context

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 6, 2013 by johnbuckley100

Here’s the scene of that previous posted shot, this time using the Leica M9 on a bright sunny day.  Slightly different context, no?  Click on pic to see what time it is…

Time Of The Season2

The Leica Store In D.C. Officially Opens

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 3, 2012 by johnbuckley100

Leica M9, 35mm Summilux

The first store in the United States fully owned and operated by Leica Camera officially opened last night with a cocktail party followed by a quite wonderful talk by famed photojournalist Peter Turnley.  Turnley exhibited keen intelligence and great empathy, reminding a full complement of Leicaphiles that photography is about heart, and sharing what you see in the world, not merely gizmolust.  But of course,  it also is partly about gizmolust, which is why we post the above image.

A Sight For Sore Eyes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 21, 2012 by johnbuckley100

The Leica Store opens in Washington, D.C.  Leica M9, 35mm Summilux.

Waiting For Ty Segall’s Next Rocket From The Crypt

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on April 16, 2012 by johnbuckley100

Leica M9, 35mm Summilux Asph, Berlin, April 1

Tulip Hospice: After The Frenzy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on April 15, 2012 by johnbuckley100

Leica M9, 35mm Summilux Asph, 4X ND Filter

Tulip Frenzy’s Berlin Field Trip

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 7, 2012 by johnbuckley100

Leica M9, 50mm Summilux

The shadow of the past is everywhere in the new Berlin.  Right here, across the Spree from the reborn Reichstag, people died trying to swim to freedom.  While remembrance, admirably, is to be found throughout the city, perhaps the most interesting thing about Berlin in the 21st Century is how much it takes its sad and awful 20th history in stride, how much it has moved on.

The entire gang from Tulip Frenzy World Headquarters has long wished to return to the city of “Heroes,” of Achtung Baby, of Iggy singing “Nightclubbing/We’re nightclubbing/We’re what’s happening.”  We were here twice in the ’80s, passing through Checkpoint Charley from the vibrant West Berlin to the soot-stained, depressed East.  We’ve dearly wanted to stage a field trip here ever since.

Berlin and rock’n’roll are connected in ways that virtually no other non-English speaking cities ever have been.  For how marvelous it was that, the same year the Mekons released “Memphis, Egypt,” (“East Berlin/Can’t buy a thing/there’s nothing they can sell me/Walked through the wall/no pain at all/I’m born inside the belly of rock’n’roll”), that wall came down, and we could be heroes for more than one day.

What once was the center of the city, and then was locked away behind The Wall, is once again the center of the city.  The Brandenburg Gate is open enough for half-marathoners to pass through where once The Wall stood, before the admonishment to tear it down was, if not heeded, then simply overtaken by events.

Leica M9, 50mm Summilux

We tried to remember if that 1987 speech by President Reagan was on the same trip when he visited, because Helmut Kohl asked him to, the SS burial ground in Bitburg, giving rise to one of the Ramones’ best and least appreciated songs, “Bonzo Goes To Bitburg.”  This all was such a long time ago.

Different from when last we were here was the way the German government now directly addresses its past.  This photograph of disposessed Jews, expelled from the German Volk, is embedded in concrete on the sidewalk outside the building in which Goring once held forth:

Leica M9, 35mm Summilux

And in the Bebelplatz, where the books were burned, even in the shadow of one of the world’s great universities, there now is a thick pain of glass that allows light to emanate from an emptied library below.  Look carefully.  Click on the photograph to see the ghostly details.

Leica M9, 35mm Summilux

At the Topography of Terrors, a modern museum that tells the story honestly about the horrors of Hitler’s machinery of murder, and on the very spot where Himmler and the other psychopathic gangsters planned their crimes, history is laid open. No punch is pulled.  Whether or not Germans visit it could not be told; most of the conversations we overheard were in English.  But it has been open for some years now…  Though our sense was that at the stunning Memorial To The Murdered Jews Of Europe, the visitors were as much German school children as tourists.

Leica M9, 35mm Summilux

But on a sunny day — we actually had one — it’s a gorgeous city, and it exists in living color, not the black and white of news reels.  One walks around a city that has shrugged off most notions of division, and has punctuated what survived the war — and what survived the communists — with the post modernism and precise design sense of a rich and sophisticated city that weirdly has little in the way of contemporary airs.  It’s somewhat stunning to learn that Angela Merkel lives in a modest town house just across the street from the Museum Island, protected by a single policeman. But in the context of what Berlin — and Germany — is now, it makes perfect sense.

Leica M9, 35mm Summilux

At night, on the east side of the Brandenburg Gate, where once guards stood with machine guns lest anyone try bolting for the West, there now is freedom to demonstrate, and in behalf of causes — the environment — that only rich countries pay attention to.

Leica M9, 35mm Summilux

The Germans now take transparency almost to the level of fetish, but can you blame them?  After having been ruled by a criminal gang that brought destruction down on everyone, the most vulnerable in particular, until finally the rubble came down on the German people themselves — after 45 years of imprisonment behind a Curtain and 27 years behind a Wall — walking in the clear light of a normal country is an achievement, and one to admire.

Leica M9, 50mm Summilux

For more images of the new Berlin, go here.

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