That's the trouble with demonstrations. You're going to be judged by the company you keep. And nothing's going to make it fair and proportionate.
I've tried to be careful with things like that when I've photographed protests in Madison, Wisconsin. I remember very well the time I made a video of an anti-war march:
Here's the peace march that took place today at about 1 p.m. on State Street in Madison, Wisconsin. This clip shows the whole length of the parade. Note the man at the front, just behind the banners, who is holding a sign that says "Vive Saddam." (It's the third sign from the right.) The entire clip -- which I shot while walking in the opposite direction -- is about 3 minutes long. It includes a large dove puppet and a large papier maché skull.I describe the worst guy, but I also show the entire parade and mention some noninflammatory details.
I walked down State Street today. The Ironman Triathlon was in town. Here's a picture of the winner just before he crossed the finish line:
Photo by Meade.
The winner was Raynard Tissink. He's on Twitter:
Just won IM Wisconsin. A very tough day with stomach issues, but managed to push through and take the win.Nice going, Raynard Tissink.
Anyway, we weren't protesting. We were stretching out hands to high-five the Ironman, then skittering over to a café to wash our hands, drink iced coffee, and blog.
We saw no protests on State Street today. The closest things I saw to a protest was an old man wearing a light green T-shirt that had on it the image of Che Guevara wearing a light green T-shirt that had on it the image of Che Guevara wearing a light green T-shirt (and implicitly Che images ad infinitum).
I wish I'd stopped him, taken his picture, and — in the style of The Sartorialist — asked him some questions about what he meant by that.