Dozens Gather after response to Hurricane Maria Devastation.

 

Dozens of Puerto Ricans Gather in Rally for Emergancy Relief in Chicago.

 Dozens chant "Release the Relief" as the rally in Chicago ramps up.

As a photojournalist i'm pretty unbiased, so keep that in mind as I post this Picture Story. I had been traveling home after a Head shot client, when I received information from a contact that rally was being formed near the hotel in downtown Chicago. I then begin to cover this as a freelancer. This is all personal coverage from on the ground. All shown is purely information, and opinions expressed, or quoted are of the present individuals, not myself.

Dozens of Puerto Ricans gathered in solidarity in a rally near the Trump International Hotel in Chicago after President Trumps response to the devastation by Hurricane Maria.  All photos are of my coverage of the Rally.

 Manuel Macias leads music before the rally begins.

Pre-Rally led by Manuel Macias. Music is played before the Rally Begins.

Pre-Rally led by Manuel Macias. Music is played before the Rally Begins.

Vossang Rodriguez who led the Rally told Story of Jose, a victim in Puerto Rico that lived through the 6 day destruction of Hurricane Maria is read off.  It was horrifying, and flood water was everywhere. People are lined up to get gas, but only told that they could only get $10 to $15 dollars worth. The only relief was from diesel so they could power their homes on their generators. 10 days is not enough." 

Vossang Rodriguez who led the Rally told Story of Jose, a victim in Puerto Rico that lived through the 6 day destruction of Hurricane Maria is read off.  It was horrifying, and flood water was everywhere. People are lined up to get gas, but only told that they could only get $10 to $15 dollars worth. The only relief was from diesel so they could power their homes on their generators. 10 days is not enough." 

"I never knew I would I wouldn't see my family ever again. The only thing I can do now, is try to bring relief to those who can get it now, and come together in solidarity. I blame President Trump's for his delayed response. I haven't seen my family in a year. Now I may never get to" Gabriela Orta.

"I never knew I would I wouldn't see my family ever again. The only thing I can do now, is try to bring relief to those who can get it now, and come together in solidarity. I blame President Trump's for his delayed response. I haven't seen my family in a year. Now I may never get to" Gabriela Orta.

Rousemary Vega speaks to the crowd. "I haven't seen, or been able to hear my family's voice. I've only been able to contact them through Facebook since it began. I just want to hear their voices."

Rousemary Vega speaks to the crowd. "I haven't seen, or been able to hear my family's voice. I've only been able to contact them through Facebook since it began. I just want to hear their voices."

Homemade signs, and printed papers, like the one held by Peter Jacobson were held in protest to response by Congress to the relief effort.

Homemade signs, and printed papers, like the one held by Peter Jacobson were held in protest to response by Congress to the relief effort.

Individuals were asked to come up and tell their personal stories. Emman Kidd recounted her horror of hearing that ten days had passed without relief to her family over in Puerto Rico. She blamed President Trump's, and hoped to pressure the administration to do more. 

Individuals were asked to come up and tell their personal stories. Emman Kidd recounted her horror of hearing that ten days had passed without relief to her family over in Puerto Rico. She blamed President Trump's, and hoped to pressure the administration to do more. 

Nina Isabel, and Oscar Vargas are protesting the Jones Act, and are asking for it's repeal. "It's only hurting the victims, and now allowing relief to get to those who need it most. The Jones is only hurting victims. They need it now, not later."

Nina Isabel, and Oscar Vargas are protesting the Jones Act, and are asking for it's repeal. "It's only hurting the victims, and now allowing relief to get to those who need it most. The Jones is only hurting victims. They need it now, not later."

As the rally ramped down, the crowd begin to march on Trump International Hotel, but were turned away by Chicago Police. They then begin to march down the river walk chanting "Release the Relief."

As the rally ramped down, the crowd begin to march on Trump International Hotel, but were turned away by Chicago Police. They then begin to march down the river walk chanting "Release the Relief."


 

What's in my Gear Bag

 

What's in my Gear Bag

This is my first time doing this. I've always carried a gear bag, and over the years the gear inside has changed quite a bit. This is what is in there as of the moment. The bag itself is a US-GEAR bag, that I got at Central Camera Company. It's one of my favorites to use and I carry this bag, because it's just enough space to carry what I need without overloading on weight. If you're ever in Chicago, look this place up, it's phenomenal, and just a wonderful resource to have.

 

The List

1. Guess Wallet: Made of genuine leather. It's slightly packed, but trust me it's not full of bunch of money. It's actually full of business contact cards. Which (if you read below) is a good thing to have on your person.

2. Gel Ink Pen: It's nothing fancy. I actually got used to just simple pens, back in my more photojournalism days. Just enough to quickly jot down names, details and whatever else I need for captions, or photo releases.

3. Notebook: Made with genuine leather(I'm sure you're noticing a pattern,) and with Mohawk Superfine paper, it fit's right in one of the corners of my bag. It's filled with client's names, caption ideas, general notes, and details. It's just about filled as of the moment. I was taught in school that you should always carry one. Professor Tim Broekema drilled this into my head.

4. Facoln Tactical Flashlight: For when it gets dark, or I just want to paint with light. It's actually pretty bright. I don't usually advertise things, but man it really does work. It's so bright, and to be honest it's just nice to have on to make me feel safer on Chicago streets.

5. Canon Camera Batteries: You never know when the camera is going to die, especially when you're shooting a wedding. I carry plenty of backups. As a professional note, whether you are doing a wedding, or just a simple portrait job, keep backups.

 

6. Yashica 44: This is a wonderful TRL camera. I don't carry it around a lot as the film for it is a little more rare, but I love using it when it comes to street photography. When it comes to street photography I tend to use film. This get's switched out with my Pentax MX, Olympus XA or Yashica Electro. Just something either quiet,  and/or light on your person as a backup. Equipment will break, so always plan for it.

7. Daniel Wellington Watch: Made with brown genuine leather band, and a simple white face. I like simple watches what can I say. It's just a simple battery powered. I understand having smart watches, but just the fact of having to charge them all the time has turned me off from wearing one most of the time.

8. Sigma 50mm 1.4 Macro with Lens Hood: I use this when I do portraits. The color, and detail on this is just wonderful. Sigma is a great company, and I love it more than my Canon Lenses. If I have a session with a client this is usually attached. Really recommend. Sigma never gets a great rap, when it comes to things, but to be honest they are a wonderful brand, and usually a better cost effective option.

9. Canon 50mm 1.2 Lens: If i'm doing street photography I have this on at all times. It's quick, quiet, and while i'm focusing, and setting up the scene it does all the heavy lifting. It's a wonderful starter lens, and for street photography a nice prime lens. Though personally a 24mm sounds lovely.

10. LensPen: I'm maybe a bit overzealous, but I like to keep my lenses clean. I always keep this, as well a microfiber towel. The lenspen is a lightweight addition to the bag. If you really need it, it can fit right into your front pocket with ease.

11. Samsung Galaxy s7 Active: I am out and about a lot. So while i'm not doing headshots, I'm out shooting. It can take a tumble, so I needed something that could as well. Plus I'm just a fan of android. It also has a lot of options such as a compass, barometer, and other nifty options, for the photo adventure in you.

12. Canon Speedlite: When shooting weddings, or even with a headshot, this handy little guy is with me. I carry it along with a lightbox, and a flash sync cord. You can call yourself a natural light photographer, but either way having a nice way to do fill light is a must if you do portraits. 


Extras

Moo Business Cards: These are always on me. Whether you are a student, or just a hobbyist, I can tell you carry one on you. You never know when you are going to need them. There is no reason not to have one, even if you aren't planning a business. Moo.com has wonderful cards I fully recommend them.


The Camera

Canon 60D Camera: I don't always use film cameras. Actually the opposite. I am an avid digital fan. I grew up using film, and in darkrooms, but when it came to the changing of the age, I acclimated, and joined in. It's a wonderful mid-level camera. This crop, instead of full frame, but I plan on moving up to a 6D Mark ii.