Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography


I am not a political activist by any stretch of the imagination, but during my retirement I am committed to viewing life through photography.  It is my desire to capture the joys, sorrows, ups and downs of life.  To leave a visible record of how I see the world.  If it takes me to places that seem unlikely for me to go, then that’s the excitement of this journey.

When the Occupy Movement came to Pittsburgh, I loaded up my camera equipment and traveled to downtown Pittsburgh to see what everything was all about.  Later I was to learn that their Introductory Statement read:  “We, the individuals of Occupy Pittsburgh have assembled to resist and abolish the political, social, and economic injustices that confront us and our communities.”

The first set of pictures was taken on October 18, 2011 just a couple of days after the encampment was put up.  The weather was warmer and Pittsburgh’s encampment was just one of many similar camps around the United States after the original Wall Street movement started.

The second set of pictures, taken on January 4, 2012, show the weather has changed and the temperature at times has dipped below freezing and many of the other encampments – New York, Las Angeles, Oakland, Philadelphia, Boston – are gone.

December 9, 2011, The Bank of New York Mellon posted eviction notices at the entrances to what is known as the “People’s Park” (BNY Mellon Green) requiring the removal of all tents and other structures as well as camping equipment and other personal items from BNY Mellon Green by noon on Sunday, December 11, 2011.  Instead of packing up and leaving Mellon Green after the noon Sunday deadline, protesters defied BNY Mellon’s request and instead began to winterize its encampment. 

Today, BNY Mellon Green remains in the procession of Occupy Pittsburgh.  Both sides are standing their ground and will be headed for a showdown in the courts on January 10, 2012 to move the proceedings forward. It’s any ones guess how this will end but my camera stands ready to focus in on the outcome.  Stay tuned.

Sources:  Pittsburgh Business Times – Paul J. Gough, Web Producer; Occupy Pittsburgh, BNY Mellon Back In Court – December 22, 2011 – Heather Abraham


2 Responses to “OCCUPY PITTSBURGH”

  1. Wow, I had not seen this encampment in person Francine so your documentation is valuable. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Thanks for the photos. The one in London didn’t have to deal with too much snow. The winter was pretty mild, but I bet it got cold at night.

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