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Lindsey Wasson
Lindsey Wasson

Where are you based?
Seattle, Washington.

Where did you attend school?
Seattle University, where I’m in the BFA Photography program.

What previous contests or awards have you won?
In 2009, when I was a senior in high school, I received one of 10 scholarships from the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). I also placed 2nd in the 2009 Washington State High School Photo Competition in the Animal category. In Summer 2010, I was part of a Seattle-based group of college photographers chosen by the Young Photographers Alliance (YPA) to work with practicing photojournalist Dan Lamont.

Have you been published previously?
Several past articles of Teen Ink, Nature’s Best Photography Fall 2010 Windland Smith International Photo Competition issue, and Photographic Center Northwest’s 4th annual photo book.

What equipment do you use?
Nikon D300, Nikon lenses, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop.

About This Photograph:
On October 22, 2010, I took this photograph at an anti-police brutality protest. The October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality gathered about 200 protesters at Seattle Central Community College. There, they voiced their opinions about recent shootings of citizens by Seattle Police. The main focus was on the death of John T. Williams, a local First Nations woodcarver who was shot on August 30, 2010. I was originally covering this protest as part of my work for Seattle University’s student newspaper, The Spectator. Having never shot a protest before, I had little idea what to expect.

Often running backward to keep up with the rather quick-footed protesters, I spotted these two next to me and immediately knew the smoke emanating from the pipe would make a dynamic photo. As we marched past the Paramount in downtown, I took advantage of a slight lull to crouch down in front of the two young men. As I was doing so, I noticed the “End Policing” sign held up in the background, which I included for context.

Small details seem to enhance the photo. On the wires behind them are the reflections of the police motorcycles ironically monitoring the protest; the small light between the wires is a police helicopter following the march. The smoking protester also has a button of John T. Williams pinned to his jacket. The upward angle I shot at allowed me to include all of these elements while placing the protesters in a visual position of dominance to reflect their strong convictions.

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