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Lower taxes, less government control, and more fiscal responsibility were a few of the many topics at the recent Tea Party in Kansas City, Mo. On April 15th, tax day, thousands of Americans voiced their opinion on the governments lack of accountability and responsibility. This peaceful protest was not a one party gathering, rather a group unified by the common belief of the government spending too much and taxing excessively as well. I attended both as a supporter as well as photographer. It was a great experience and opportunity for some excellent images as well. The main idea I wanted to portray was the variety of people and attitudes. I did not see just young people, or just elderly people, it was a mixture of all ages. I saw blacks, whites, and Hispanics amongst others I probably didn’t see. The enormity of these Tea Parties were downplayed by much of the local and national news organizations, even in Mid West America. This shows the declining honesty much of the media is suffering from. Even the local Kansas City Star had their own account of the event that did not give the credit due to this protest. Here are some images to show the scale and attitudes at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City where the Tea Party was held.

Slide show: http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewsphotography/sets/72157616758441955/show/

 

MT

Tea Party by you.

Tea Party by you.

Tea Party by you.

Tea Party by you.

Tea Party by you.

Tea Party by you.

Tea Party by you.

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I have to say that I am quite fortunate sometimes.

Today, as  I was driving through Peartle Springs I envisioned a photo opportunity  immediately. The image I saw turned out to be of a lady named Valerie. She is 82 years old and has been a fisher-woman since she was twelve. Originally from Kansas City, she has since moved to the more quiet town of Warrensburg. Valerie fishes at Peartle Springs on a regular basis; I have actually seen her before. Today the lighting was just right for making her image. Her face has such character and when she speaks that character comes out. I sat next to Valerie for close to an hour, talking only when I felt it necessary. She was confident and had a sharp sense of humor. I was enthralled by her personality, she seemed to know why I was there and didn’t mind. Normally when approaching someone with a camera and asking for a portrait I feel uneasy. Valerie was one step ahead of me. I walked up and no sooner had I opened my mouth to speak did she say, “The last man that took my picture made me look ninety-two.” I was sort of stunned. She knew why I was there. After thinking for a minute I said, “No ninety-two year old could cast that far”. We were friends with each other after that.

I feel that I am being led in other directions than I initially thought. Maybe I am supposed to connect with these people. I think I am going to pursue portraits more than I originally thought I would. I feel something completely different when photographing a person compared to a landscape. When I stop to photograph a landscape, I feel in control. I have this sense of weakness when photographing people, but not in a bad way. I feel that they are dictating my actions. I am only recording what they give me. I enjoy it. When I finally get to the point that I feel like I know this person, the image has already been taken.

MT 

Valerie

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