TITLE: Voting Dadaism
The twenty-sixth instruction of the Street Photography Now Project came from American photographer Carolyn Drake. She said, "If you're not sure it's a picture, shoot it anyway". So there I was, wandering through Hamilton's Beasley neighbourhood when I came across this sight. Oh-oh!
Canadian politics hardly seems relevant to most Canadians. The bristly-faced old man behind this sign was one of the minority of exceptions. Everyone who walked or drove by him couldn't help but do double and even triple-takes. He stood there for at least a couple hours, likely much longer, in his one-man demonstration or presentation.
So, I asked him to explain his sign. The man kept trying to hide his face away from me, and not say anything but realizing that I just wasn't going away that easily he relented. "It's about the election."
Of course! On March 26, 2011, the day before, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that the next federal election would take place on the upcoming May 2 (yawn!). I asked the man what aspect of the election? Was he for the election . . . against the election?
"It's kind of ambiguous, isn't it?" was his response. I totally agreed with him, and agreed to leave the situation as it was. I moved on before I developed any regrets.
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