The Lonely Demonstrator

Darren M / © Darren Melrose - 16/12/2007 17:42:05 project: Is it a protest if noone comes \ Asia \ Taiwan \ T'ai-pei Shih
Continuing on with my series on the sign change at the former Chiang KaiShek Memorial Hall, now Taiwan Democracy Center.  Here we see another isolated demonstrator.  I have to be honest that I am not sure what group she represents.  I have a feeling that she is actually a family member of a victim of the 228 masacre, an atrocity created by Chiang KaiShek which killed thousands of Taiwanese, but I can't be sure of that.  Unfortunately, my significant other is totally apolitical and even after asking some more political friends, I can't be sure of what she is making her stand about.  The general consensus is that she is anti-DPP, which would suggest that the 228 angle isn't correct, but my impression was formed because she was away from the main activity (such as it was) and she was protesting in silence rather than the vocal method most others were using.  <P>Bottom line here is another lonely protester, in the shadow of the sign causing all the commotion, showing that the media really were reporting on an event where few politically minded actually bothered to show up.
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19/12/2007 17:02    from : markoci
another good one in this series, you nicely detached her from the gate and the 'non-event'... she must have spent the night there, i don't recall being that cold...

17/12/2007 01:02    from : jinju
I wouldnt expect anything but really good technicalities from someone who always emphasizes it in comments:) Again I like how you are emphasizing the lonliess and isolation of these protestos by showing us all that wide open space and nobody protesting but them...too bad we dont get a more face-on view of this person but I suppose you couldnt pick her up and rotate her so her back faced that gate and open square.

16/12/2007 22:32    from : Furachan
A splendidly composed shot, maximizing every millimeter of the frame, Darren. I cannot fault it in any way and it reinforces your lovely Zen-like series title. I only wonder, yet again, if this entire series might not have been better in BW...

16/12/2007 18:00    from : vapours
A good quality reportage image Darren. First of all, the colours and the sharpness of the protestor and the background is spot on. Most importantly is the positioning however, her head is down, shes isolated and the activity carries on into the distance despite her sign.

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