James Reade Venable ( b. 1978, USA) is a photographer based in New York City and Brussels. He is the winner of London Photo Festival's February 2021 Competition - Magic. His photos have been published in several publications including The...
These are photos I captured during my attendance at a couple of the protests I attended in NYC this week. Only one photo I captured showed Police physically handling a protestor in Times Square. The other photos captured a successful protest and march in Astoria, Queens. It started out at the 114th Precinct then made it's way down Astoria BLVD then back and forth along Steinway street. The protesters were loud and boisterous but not destructive or threatening to the cops. The NYPD was very well prepared for this protest blocking off the necessary routes, making the march go smoothly. I tried to capture images that could represent peace and unity, and just a simple observation of all parties involved. The march ended with all the protestors sitting in silence for eight minutes plus, to magnify the amount of time George Floyd was being suffocated. This was very resonating. As I sat there quiet, I realised that the silence amongst the crowd was louder then any screaming, rioting, or destruction that could occur. Eight minutes is a very long time. even when you can breathe.