I participated in this moving experience in two capacities, as a photographer and as a citizen showing the government that we care and will move to protect our country. It is impossible to create photographs without your soul being expressed in those photos. Photography cannot be impartial, I'm driven to take photos that represent things that matter to me, that move me, that make me feel something. This was not only my first time photographing a demonstration, but it was also my first time participating in one so incredibly large. I wanted to photograph this event to showcase the urgency that is felt, people feel that their children's quality of life is threatened, and that their families are threatened by the potential loss of healthcare and our sustainability on this planet. Parents are worried about their children's future to choose who to love, to choose how to express themselves, to say "no," to be well educated, to live in a world where facts and science are respected, to feel safe in a diverse country, and to know that they can work to build happy and healthy lives. I thought it was extremely important to photograph the children on this day. Children care and are involved, at all ages, and it is never too early to teach them that every decision they make influences the world they live in. They may not know the magnitude but they understand that their worlds may change. I love seeing parents empower their children with the knowledge that their voices and actions make a difference in this world - it is profound! I want to use my photographic voice to show that strength is best on display when it is non-violent, and when messages focus on the change we would like to see, and the expectations we have of the government. My goal in my photographs was to showcase the positive nature of this day and movement.
As to why I chose to participate - I chose to march to demand that the government protect our future, and the future of my children. We fail to be a great nation if we cannot guarantee the same rights to all of our people, so I march to protect the rights and liberties of our families, our children, our mothers, our neighbors who may be different from us. I marched to demand our children are given the best educational opportunities possible, because without education there is no progress. I marched to remind this country that women are strong, that women will not sit by and watch their rights, dignity, and right to say "no" disappear. We will hold this country together the way that we hold our families together. I marched to demand that the government work towards protecting our environment, we have no future if we fail to protect our planet. I marched in solidarity with my fellow Americans to remind the government it works for me, for us, and that the expectation to protect our future, as individuals and as a nation, will never cease.