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Dafydd Jones ‘A Weekend in Washington – January 2017’
September 19 @ 11:00 am - September 23 @ 6:00 pm
A Weekend in Washington – January 2017
19-23 September 2017
I travelled to Washington for the weekend of the Trump Inauguration. -What was later called the inauguration that wasn’t.
Everywhere there were protestors. Protestors intermingled with the supporters. -It was impossilbe for Trump supporters not to notice the protestors. Lone people holding signs and large groups. Some entrances were impassable for demonstrators although there were Trump supporters queuing next to demonstrators. Many people had come from all over the country to demonstrate. One elderley couple one with a zimmer frame had travelled from San Francisco. – Along with all the people who were working in some capacity or other they padded out the numbers. The guys selling Trump flags didn’t seem to be doing very well. Only ponchos were selling as it was raining slightly… There was a subdued almost miserable atmosphere. One religious group holding banners were just about the most unpleasant people I saw.
The next day If the crowds in the subway were anything to go by, there were 3 times as many on the womens march. It was moving and inspiring because of the protestors. On the flight back to London I was sitting next to a mother and her daughters who had travelled from London for the women’s march.
The pictures are more about the mood of Americans. I’ve been experimenting with doing traditional silver gelatin darkroom prints of my digital pictures which will be exhibited.. Because I lose some detail in the process the black and white silver gelatin prints have a rough directness.