Why show art?

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mbfitzmahan. Zoey. Berkeley, CA. 2017

1) Art is one of the extraordinary ways human beings share experiences or emotions that we are unable to communicate in any other way. 

Beauty, love, hope.  Loss, fear, hate.  Awe, faith, excitement.

The soulful moments we experience walking into St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco.

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mbfitzmahan. St. Mary’s Cathedral. San Francisco, California. 2015.

The giggling kind of fun we feel when we hear the beat and the sound of Bruno Mars singing “Downtown Funk.”

These are moments of art.

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Finding time for the FLOW

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MBFitzmahan. Shadow Dance. 2011. Tallinn, Estonia.

Is there anything that you love doing so much that while you are doing it, time passes without you even noticing? 

I love being with my daughters. And my Donny. I also love reading a great mystery novel or seeing a good Star Wars movie. I love a piece of watermelon, still warm from the summer fields.

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For Women – The Women’s March Oakland

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mbfitzmahan. 2017 Oakland, CA. The Women’s March.

Over 100,000 people came out to march.  Women, girls, men, boys.  Black, White, Asian, Latina, Native American, Irish, Russian.

This was a protest march for women.  About issues that concern women.  Women’s health, babies’ rights, children’s education, African American rights, Latinos rights, immigrant issues, voters’ rights, the environment, men’s rights, LGBTQ rights.  Prisons, police abuse, rape.  “So many issues, so little sign,” was my favorite sign of the March.

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Photographing the Crowd

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mbfitzmahan. 2012 Nagoya, Japan. Leaving the baseball stadium, Nagoya Stadium

There are different kinds of crowds.  There is the Sunday-go-for-a-walk crowd.  There is the tourists-watching-the-street-performer crowd.  There is the parade-watching crowd.  There is the March for Women crowd.  There is the protest crowd.  There is the riot crowd.

For a street photographer, a crowd is a gift.  No one pays much attention to the photographer and there are plenty of opportunities to get interesting candid pictures of people.

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