During COVID-19 there were rumblings of bringing in the National Guard to enforce the quarantine order. I found that very disturbing. I also found the quarantine order quite disturbing as well. The reasons for this will become apparent when I get time to start posting the photos from it.
The California National Guard showed up after days of Black Lives Matters protests around Los Angeles that turned violent and resulted in massive destruction of property and looting. I found it spooky to walk out on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with my camera to be surrounded by dozens of heavily armed men. Heck, I generally get harassed by various security any time I start shooting in public!
I was astonished to see how friendly these men were and the lengths they would go to in keeping the peace. I watched people provoke them and how they used good communication, not force or authority, to resolve it. I saw them helping a homeless man and an old woman. And when the protesters showed up again, they stayed back and gave them the space to make themselves heard.
It stayed peaceful.
These are a couple of photos I like from that day. I’ll post more as I can. They are available for licensing as editorial stock photos. I also have 6k stock footage of the National Guard on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Contact me for info on what I have available and info on licensing.
Note: I’ve also added a stock photo section to the site where you can license the images with immediate download. I’m still adding photos as fast as I can but I have a growing Black Lives Matter stock photo collection you can browse.