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Authoritarism by varjag Authoritarism by varjag
March 25th 2005, Minsk, Belarus.

An aged lady, probably a casual bypasser, is seeking her way out of the police lines fruitlessly with an expression of disbelief on her face. She is locked with about a thousand activists protesting against the president Lukashenko throwing the country back into the authoritarian past.
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Authoritarism by ~varjag I open up the suggestion -- yes, from a deviant who's work I both respect and enjoy -- and he says, "Unknown on dA for quite a long time, despite excellent photojournalism..." I agree. Had a very hard time figuring out which of his photos to dd. Something brought me back to this one. Twice. So ... here it is. Hope this gets you to check out this guy's gallery. ( Suggested by OlovPhotopov and Featured by cweeks )
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rainbow-stripe Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009   Photographer
This is my country.
But now in our country better.
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Krematorium Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
Powerful, to say the least.
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ElizabethChiyoko Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
Love it
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Lucanos Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Terrific shot!
Great use of this angle to make the Riot cops look massive compared to the civilian. And having two of them flanking the shot just gives that impression of... well... oppression, control, anonymous representations of power.
Very powerful.
And even in their uniforms, which are already a very effective way of dehumanising people - all people see if the uniform - I noticed that the right side of the backs of their coats are almost identical. Only a very small detail, but, for me at least, reinforced the idea of a lack of individuality between them... (Sometimes Autism is a curse.)
Well deserved DD.
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varjag Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2006   Photographer
Thank you for insightful comment. Your description fits my perception of this shot fairly closely: it is about authority, taking sometimes ugly, disproportional forms.

These two guys might have families they love, perhaps like to pass a beer or two while watching the world cup with friends. But on the job they wouldn't hesitate beating the shit out of about any person if so ordered.
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Lucanos Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
I get what you're saying about the soldiers/cops - under the uniform they are real people, with real lives and real feelings, but on the job they have to be emotionless and cold. Just part of the job, and quite literally, being able to switch that attitude on and off could be the difference between making it home or not at the end of their day. (Not at a peaceful protest, but when it gets hairy.)

Whilst you, and I, (and I guess anyone who knows someone who is either a soldier or a cop, or anyone who has to act in that kind of capacity) have the insight to know about the softer side of these guys this shot does well to illustrate that cold side of them rather than the warm side. I am sure that, if you got a shot which showed the eyes of the cops - the chink in their armor so to speak, that more human side would shine through, but, as you mentioned in your guide to shooting protests (a very thorough and handy guide I must say) getting in the face of a cop who may not really like having to be that cold and uncaring representative of authority is an easy way to get on the wrong side of the guy you're trying to photograph.

A terrific shot, and a great accompanying site with some handy resources.
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Aarnio Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2006
Military police are just about the coolest thing that exists. I know, I'm being immature and missing the entire point. Anyway, MP's are the toughest shit ever.
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petebarker Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2006
but they arnt though.

most of the MP's i met in croatia and bosnia were right nob's

pete
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Aarnio Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2006
I can see that you are wrong. Those were disguised MP's whose orders were to distract people by projecting a bad image for MP's. You have been decieved and will probably be assassinated with incredibly smooth and lethal MP-methods. They will also make it look like you sacrificed yourself to the Gaia-alien conpiracy for their personal amusement when they are off duty (MP's don't have time to be amused while ON duty).
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petebarker Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2006
so i can take it then that you wernt in bosnia or croatia then?

or have been to any millatry instalation in any war-zone for that matter?

or havent in fact ever met millatry police on duty in a war-zone?

regards - pete
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