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Anon: This is not? a war.. by straightfromcamera Anon: This is not? a war.. by straightfromcamera
Operation Reconnect.

The Protest took place outside the Vancouver Scientology Building at noon on Saturday April 12th.

What anon were protesting was that scientology forces you to give up contact with people they deem to be "submissive persons", or SP's. (as you may have heard in a tom cruise interview..)

This leaves families torn apart when one or more members stay with the church, and others leave.

Im quite amazed at how these protests are organized so well worldwide.

I wore a bandana over my face for the event. (and i stand by my decision to do so.) I am NOT a fulltime photojournalist yet, and as of sorts, after being threatened last time, i do not want my face to be revealed.

Disclaimer:
Me attending the event was in a purely photojournalistic manner, covering the event (albeit with a face covering) This is my official statement. I do not post these images in support of Anonymous, nor do i post in support of Scientology. The images posted are for news purposes, and therefore are neutral.
My personal views on the matter are my own.
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:iconrihotamazaki:
rihotamazaki Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
I stand by you not showing your face.... I myself attend a few rallies... and it's bad news if you get caught....
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:iconstraightfromcamera:
straightfromcamera Featured By Owner May 11, 2008  Professional Photographer
I just dont want to be made a martyr for a cause that might fall through, or just because im viewed as hostile media..

I have nothing to hide myself, but i dont want them after my friends or family.
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Captain-Masticate Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
This is a really good photo. Nice shot. :)
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:iconstraightfromcamera:
straightfromcamera Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008  Professional Photographer
:) thanks so much
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:iconcaptain-masticate:
Captain-Masticate Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008
Your welcome. C:
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:iconmichaelarm:
MichaelArm Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008
Classic "check me out" kinda dude...LOL...Great one.
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:iconstraightfromcamera:
straightfromcamera Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Professional Photographer
Yeah, he was being noticed.. I saw him protesting again today.. not because its a worldwide protest day, but because he really believes in this cause.

I applaud that. Protesting on a non specific day is great.
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OtakuSailorV Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
I support your decision to hide your face. It is unfortunate that it should come to such things, but the reality is clear and frightening. =_=; At any rate, it's interesting to see your photos of this and I think I'll take a look back at what else you have done. ^^
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:iconstraightfromcamera:
straightfromcamera Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you for that comment :)
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LikeBlue Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
slim, that guy's name has got to be slim. lol

i like the colour here, and the just sitting around look is kind of how i'm feeling about these masked guys lately. i wonder how much of this movement is a fad (because of the Vmask).
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:iconstraightfromcamera:
straightfromcamera Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Professional Photographer
Well, theyve come forward saying this is NOT to be taken as a fad, and is a serious protest. I think they will go on for a good long time, the anon bunch are as they say 'non forgiving' and 'never forgetting'
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LikeBlue Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008
anon should change their name to nfnf then... true, it's not as good a hook but...
all i can say is beware of fads hiding behind popular gimmicks.
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Daakukitsune Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
Nice shot. I love the hat--somehow it just makes everything cooler.

Xenu FTW.
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:iconstraightfromcamera:
straightfromcamera Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the comment :)
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JamesBardolph Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
Why did you wear a mask?
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:iconstraightfromcamera:
straightfromcamera Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
Because last time i didnt.

And when the scientolgist took a picture of me, and said "you should have worn a mask" and laughed.. it was a little disconcerting. So rather than stay home and not risk those dangerous cultists taking action against me, i wore the mask and covered the event anyways.

I did tell him i was with the press and was impartial, but he just shook his head and walked away
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MyPrivateParty Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
I'll jump in here, whether I'm welcome or not to call you out on the sentence you wrote which says, "So rather than stay home and not risk those dangerous cultists taking action against me, i wore the mask and covered the event anyways."

If you were truly making an unbiased approach at this whole situation You would not have labeled them (scientologists) as "dangerous cultists".

I don't think i have to say much more about that. Think about it man....
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:iconstraightfromcamera:
straightfromcamera Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008  Professional Photographer
No, you are right, I meant to put that in quotes..

"dangerous cultists"

Because through all the unbiased research i have done on either side, i dont see anything that says otherwise, and the multitude of cult signs has semi-clouded my judgements.
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:iconjamesbardolph:
JamesBardolph Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
That's pretty stupid.

If you had a problem last time, your general appearance was likely to be quite similar to some Anonymous. What you should have done was, for example, take into consideration the general attire of Anonymous and dress differently; smarter or just different.

Also, did you ask the Scienologist(s) what they thought of the protests, or for an official statement?

All that aside, the photo itself doesn't tell us anything about the protest or protesters; an outside has no idea what they are doing, can't see the sign behind the dude's head or anything.
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straightfromcamera Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
*edit

"The scientologists wouldnt answer my questions after my photo was taken by their associate"
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:iconstraightfromcamera:
straightfromcamera Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
Last time: I wore a sweater, and had two camera bags slung over my shoulder. I was not grouped with large gatherings of mask wearing indivudiauls, nor was i laughing and joking with them.

The scientologists i talked to, guarding the door wouldnt answer my questions, nor could i go inside.

The photo itself.. The traditional military helmet doesnt reflect that this seems to be escalating into a war, while its participants are 'smiling' and sitting back?

I dont understand why after I give you a reason for wearing a mask, after a threat of sorts from scientology, you attack the symbolism in the picture?
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JamesBardolph Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
Well this is supposed to be photojournalism, right? the photo doesn't give you any indication of what is going on, because all you can see is a boy sitting on a bin in a mask. The point is, on its own the image doesn't stand up.
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straightfromcamera Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thats why i linked to my blog, which has more images...

It wouldnt stand out on its own to a news agency, which deviantART is not.. hence the reason i posted it here.. I saw some symbolism, and it might not be lost on others, as it is on you.

The thing is, most people know what it is about, so why post cut and dry representations of the protests when that is what everyone is doing?

Everyone is posting pictures of cleverly worded signs, and signs with a message, so why am i disabled from posting a message without a legible sign in it?

Photojournalism isnt always about straight on photography, but the conceptual realization that there is often more than meets the eye going on.

Take a look at the best of the best PJ images (worldwide, not on dA) and you will see they arent like any, or every other image out there today.
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JamesBardolph Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
Most people know what it is about? What gives you that idea? Most people searching for pictures of themselves from protests know what it is about, sure, but the general public has no idea.

As for the rest, we'll agree to disagree.
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:iconstraightfromcamera:
straightfromcamera Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Professional Photographer
The Audience here at deviantART, where i have posted it, know what its about.. Id like to think the average person who doesnt know, will follow their curiosity.. but to each their own right?

As for the rest, Fair enough

btw, congrats ;)
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deep--blue Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
the disclaimer just shows that anon is in the right.
and its a good shot too!
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:iconstraightfromcamera:
straightfromcamera Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
I like how anon, a group largely based off 4chan is finding a neutral and peaceful way to protest.

That i praise them for.
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tanya-n Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
Me attending the event was in a purely photojournalistic manner, covering the event (albeit with a face covering) <-- I really don't get this! I mean, OK there's fair game and all of that, but seriously, as a neutral photographer, why do you honestly feel you have to cover up your face? By doing so you're immediately affiliating yourself with Anonymous and will only be viewed as one of them!

Do you honestly feel so threatened by Scientology that as a non-protester covering the event, you felt you had to cover up your face?
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:iconstraightfromcamera:
straightfromcamera Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
Yes, because last time i had my picture taken by a scientologist who said "Too bad you arent wearing a mask"
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tanya-n Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
Did you say anything to him/her?
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:iconstraightfromcamera:
straightfromcamera Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
I told him i was media, and impartial, he laughed and shook his head.. then i walked off to the side.

I think until the real media picks up on it all, ill have to protect myself while being impartial.. which is sad :(
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tanya-n Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
Why don't you consider yourself as real media! After all, you're out publicising the event. As a photojournalist I can't imagine any pros wearing a mask and being scared of doing their job in case some Scientologists pursue them for taking neutral pictures.

It sounds like you're lacking in confidence Scott! Come on, ditch the mask - there's nothing to fear if you're neutral. You don't need the 'support' of mainstream media or pros present to feel safe.

I got asked on numerous occasions by both protesters and the police whether I'm a Scientologist or part of Anonymous. I simply said neither, I'm here to take pictures. When I was asked who I'm taking pictures for, I said 'the public' and I wasn't asked a single question again. Stand your ground - you're a photographer and you have every right to be yourself and take pictures. So what if you're filmed? Why have a problem being filmed when you're out capturing images yourself? :)
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turtlespooon Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
I dont completly agree with this comment. Yes he is there as a photojournalist but just because he is there to cover something as a neutral observer doesnt mean he doesnt have the right to protect his safety. I have done a ton of research on scientology and even though they are probably not going to hunt him down he still has rights....either way long story short, neutral or not he can wear whatever his heart desires
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tanya-n Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
Of course he can wear what he wants - it's his choice and right, just like you say.
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:iconstraightfromcamera:
straightfromcamera Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
I mean like the reuters staffers, the TV news, and the people who SHOULD be buying my photos

I may ditch the mask
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Kathiel Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
I would feel threatened by them if I had gone, I would have covered my face.

even covering the event could get reprocusions.
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photofairy Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008   General Artist
i love the idea of Anonymous. scientology is dangerous, i can't believe that its still legal in America, despite everything that is known about their activities.
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straightfromcamera Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
Germany outlawed it, i think some more countries will follow
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:iconphotofairy:
photofairy Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008   General Artist
i hope so. i watched a clip on youtube today about what germany was doing, it seemed very sensible. actually, i googled way to much about scientology today...
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straightfromcamera Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
yeah.. its too easy to find the bad stuff about the 'church'

I didnt find any good stuff
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photofairy Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008   General Artist
i had the "pleasure" of waiting for a friend who just had to check out their "free IQ testing" once (for a laugh), and it got really ugly. everything i know about them since then is consistently awful. so maybe there just aren't any good things to find...
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straightfromcamera Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
I didnt realize they did IQ testing.. I should go in and see ;)

They do stress tests i know of
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photofairy Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008   General Artist
"IQ tests" ;) actually, it was a sorry excuse for one, after which they started to tell her that she looked unhappy and troubled and urged her to tell them her problems, claiming that she is seriously ill and that she needs further interviews with them. when she laughed it off, they wouldn't let her out of the building and started shouting abuse at her and saying she wasted their time! it was all very weird, we had to run down the street away from them. if you feel like doing some undercover reporter work, i strongly recommend you try it out :) :no:
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straightfromcamera Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
Oh, google "operation freakout" for a story about undercover detective work
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ftpaddict Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
I support Anonymous in their endeavour. Whether or not it was orchestrated by someone in the shadows with ulterior motives, I can't help but agree that Scientology is dangerous and should be outlawed.
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straightfromcamera Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
Personal opinion is that I agree.
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ftpaddict Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
We are all entitled to one. Even photojournalists who are supposed to be neutral. :)
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:iconstraightfromcamera:
straightfromcamera Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
Yeah :)

My coverage was neutral :P
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