Tuesday, February 14, 2012
August Bradley’s personal project “99 Faces of Occupy Wall St.” was simple to execute and brought immediate media attention as it caught fire online
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Bradley notes that despite a few Internet trolls and a bit of paranoia about FBI and police profiling from the Occupiers at Zuccotti Park, the feedback and attention were overwhelmingly positive. When asked about the longevity of the project and why he thinks that this particular series struck a chord, characteristically, Bradley is both realistic and optimistic about the long-term possibilities.
"The project certainly rode the newscycle momentum of the larger Occupy Movement story," he says, "but within that collection of competing headlines, I think this project really gave a personal touch to something that seems impersonal. The idea of a large movement, especially one without any personalities at the forefront, doesn't resonate as well as the story of an individual looking at you right in the eye. What makes this protest movement different from the ones we've seen on a regular basis is both the size and the significant active involvement of people that mainstream suburban America would identify with—people who could be their next-door neighbors. While this part of the group is no more important than any other in my view, it does make the movement harder to marginalize by its opposition."
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