A protester encourages the crowd of thousands over a loud speaker attending Occupy Vancouver at the Vancouver Art Gallery to get ready for long protest on Oct. 15. (Photo by Jared Gnam)
As thousands of protesters gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery to take part in the first day of Occupy Vancouver on Saturday, October 15, I made my rounds snapping photos and documenting the unfolding demonstrations.
(To see the full gallery of 55 photos with captions click on any one of the photos OR scroll through the Flickr slideshow below for quick viewing)
Considering the ever-expanding global Occupy movement was instigated by an article published by the anti-consumerist magazine Adbusters based in Vancouver, I had a feeling the turnout on the first day for Occupy Vancouver was going to be pretty good.
By the time I arrived around 1 p.m. the lawns of the Vancouver Art Gallery were already filled with thousands of protesters, tents, info booths and an impromptu stage equipped with a speaker system. I had to scramble to get my camera out and start shooting as hundreds of the protesters just began marching down Howe Street protesting a variety of topics from corporate greed to genetically modified foods.
Three men dress up in suits and sport pig masks to protest corporate greed on the steps at the north end of the Vancouver Art Gallery during the Occupy Vancouver protests on Oct. 15. (Photo by Jared Gnam)
Action was unfolding all around, which makes it difficult to figure out what you should be focusing on. The experience I gained shooting the Vancouver hockey riots and several other marches helped in this situation as I remained calm and found my way to the front of the march where I could pick off the most interesting protesters with their signs and costumes.
I tried to capture the emotion of the protesters by looking for unusual facial expressions or dramatic gestures. Another photographer, Mark Feenstra took this concept up a notch with his series of portraits of those who took part in Occupy Vancouver.
Here is a list of other great photo galleries of Occupy Vancouver and other Occupy movements around the world:
A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask holds a sign claiming it's a "nice day for a revolution" during the first of two marches held as a part of the Occupy Vancouver protest on Oct. 15. (Photo by Jared Gnam)
A family of protesters hold up signs protesting the military industrial complex in a sea of bubbles on Georgia Street as they partake in Occupy Vancouver on Oct. 15.
A protester attending Occupy Vancouver holds up the Adbusters version of the American Flag at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Oct. 15.
A protester taking part in Occupy Vancouver holds two placards stating her desire to ban genetically modified foods while marching down Granville Street on Oct. 15.
A group of protesters attending Occupy Vancouver hold up various signs that display their dissatisfaction with the current banking and corporate system while marching through downtown Vancouver on Oct. 15.
Thousands of protesters with various messages, from anti-genetically modified food to anti-Wall Street, march down Granville Street to take part in Occupy Vancouver, a peaceful protest that is affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement on Saturday, October 15.
Vancouver Police officers move in to order an Occupy Vancouver protester to move as he blocks traffic during a march held on Oct. 15.
A protester attending Occupy Vancouver holds a sign that blends an internet meme (the Nyan cat) with the popular Occupy Wall Street slogan "we are the 99 per cent" while marching on Oct. 15.
A protester taking part in Occupy Vancouver stands in a camping tent at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Oct. 15. The tent is one of dozens set up for protesters to stay out overnight.
Vancouver, B.C. -- Thousands of protesters gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery to take part in Occupy Vancouver, a peaceful protest that is a take on the Occupy Wall Street protests, on Saturday, October 15, 2011.