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  • Late in the day on October 13, 2011, the "cleaning" of Zuccotti Park was proposed by Mayor Bloomberg and Brookfield, the owners of Zuccotti Park. Occupy put out a bulletin for support at the park, and masses of people rushed to Lower Manhattan to save the movement. Early in the morning on October 14, tensions ran high in the area as protesters nervously awaited the NYPD. However, the "cleaning" of Zuccotti Park by Brookfield and Mayor Bloomberg was postponed by the owners of the plaza. Occupy Wall Street protesters responded with a victorious march through the lower Manhattan area, and emotions ran high throughout the morning. I saw this girl holding this sign near the bottom of the park by the drum circle. She was standing completely still and appeared almost statuesque in her pose. I was immediately stricken by her and the expressiveness of her expression, and grabbed a photo. I think that her resilience and poise is a good metaphor for the protest that morning. This was shot on a Leica M2 using a fixed 35mm lens and HP5+ film.
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