This post should have been done a long time ago, on my return from Toulouse. I have so many images from the day and I did make other posts of our time in Toulouse, but due to not feeling 100% it had become a task and I wasn’t on top of things. I got around to editing shots a couple of days ago to make the post, but then ran out of speed.
The 1st of May is Labour Day around the world, and in France La fête du Travail. It is a National Holiday and Unions organise Demonstration Marches, and other organisations demonstrate on Human Rights, Racism and other local and National Issues.
This was the only day it rained during our trip to Toulouse. Naturally it dampened the atmosphere of the day, but not the spirit of those taking part.
Although I have edited the shots in way that make it look dark, that is due to the atmosphere the weather was giving it, but a lot of people were very happy and greeting each other, as if they hadn’t seen each other for a while, and were using the occasion to “catch up”. Some of the marchers were very vocal, either chanting or singing.
There was no way the rain was going to dampen these spirits.
There were very well made banners, and I noticed they had May 1st on them but no year, so they can be rolled out every year. Others though used pieces of cardboard to promote their views.
And others who weren’t displaying theirs with such fervour!
There were also plenty of people carrying flags as opposed to banners.
I thoroughly enjoyed this shoot. There were a constant stream of people. At times I stood on a wall, but at others I got in amongst the crowd.
Marches going through cities are just like cars on the motorway in rush hour. You get bottlenecks and hold ups, so all of a sudden the crowd stops. This creates another opportunity.
As it was raining this creates another issue for the photographer as peoples faces are covered with their coats, and the sheer amount of umbrellas acts like a brick wall.
Even so I still managed to shoot through them and also the banners to get this shot of a beautiful woman.
My shots on Flickr over the last few days have been from the march, and also some previous to that, but I haven’t included them here. There will be more that I haven’t shown in the next post.