The Million Mask March, which originated in Washington back in 2013, was back in full swing on Thursday. A few hundred activists took the streets to protest a multitude of issues, chanting slogans such as “hands up, don’t shoot” to protest police brutality, among others.
It was 4 p.m. in the office, and as our mid-afternoon caffeine fix died down, many of us were getting ready to wrap up our day. Suddenly, several of our co-workers from the DecodeDC team stood up to look out the windows as the usual 13th street traffic was replaced with masked protesters–not something we see every day.
Matias and I quickly looked at each other and immediately dashed to grab our cameras and head outside toward the action. While we knew we wouldn’t necessarily cover this as a news story, we felt compelled to go anyway. As photojournalists, we live to see moments through our lens, and to share stories that unfold in front of us.
It was a good lesson learned for the future to never leave your camera at home. You never know what you might miss.
Download photos: MillionMaskMarch2015.zip