Mid-Missouri Solidarity March

This past weekend I photographed the Mid-Missouri Solidarity March in downtown Columbia. Columbia isn’t that big of a city, so I was surprised to see thousands show up to the march through the streets. It wasn’t like being in D.C., or even Kansas City or St.Louis, but Columbia has its own spirit to it which I think was present in the march. There were a lot of students, but also quite a few families who brought their children along.

I’m glad I could be a witness and document this time of transition in our country, even if it was just in Mid-Missouri.

A few of my favorite images are below:


Matthew Romero Moore shouts, “Who will survive in America?” during the Mid-Missouri Solidarity March in downtown Columbia on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Romero Moore said he yelled the phrase in reference to a Kanye West song. “First it starts with someone else and then it’s you. We should fight for the rights of everyone,” Romero Moore said.
Participants throw up peace signs as they cross the intersection of Broadway Blvd and 9th Street as they head toward the Columbia Courthouse. 
A boy uses an iphone to film the marchers from across the street.

Violet Sieli,8, picks up the sign she made with her family for the Mid-Missouri Solidarity March in Columbia on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.

Violet Sieli, 8, picks up the signs she helped make with her family for the Mid-Missouri Solidarity March in downtown Columbia. Violet was dressed as a sufferagette from the 1930s, while her older sister, Stella, 10, was dressed as Rosie the Riveter. The girls thought of the costumes themselves to represent their support for feminism.
Jeannie Grant carried her dog, Brooklyn, who she dressed up in an equal sign outfit for the march to represent her support for equality for all. 
Participants cheer after cars honked in support of the march.
A woman wearing a “pussy hat” holds up a sign that reads, “We the people…” after the march while the participants met at the Columbia Courthouse Plaza. Pussy hats were worn my marchers across the country in reference to President Donald Trump’s remarks toward grabbing female genitals. 


Thousands  gathered at the march to express their opinions on a variety of  social justice issues.
Gabe Montie, 15, raises a fist in solidarity as organizers of the march address the crowd. 






Inspiration through others


This photo essay, by Lynn Johnson, focuses on different gender identities and expressions. The topic interests me more than the style of the essay. It partially feels like an environmental portrait series, which I admire, but I don’t find the photos where the subject acknowledges the camera as powerful as the photos that seem more documentary styled. They give a peek into their lives and open up to a conversation about gender that is extremely important. The topic of gender identity and expression is beginning to become less taboo, especially with trans-celebrities like Caitlyn Jenner and Lavern Cox. This story goes deeper than trans-men or trans-women and gives recognition to other gender identities and expressions.

This inspired me to find stories of similar value that haven’t been given this much attention before.