Protest in Kansas City Against Muammar Gaddafi in Libya

Following up on the revolution in Egypt that resulted in a couple of photoblog postings on my part covering rallies here in Kansas City (One and Two), there is now a great deal of protesting and unrest in Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya, enough to bring out the local Libyan community and broader Arab American community in Kansas City for a rally at Mill Creek Park on the Plaza on Saturday. I met a man on Saturday who was actually the focal point in one of my Egypt photos who I learned was imprisoned by Gaddafi for nearly twenty years. The situation in Libya is not receiving the amount of press it should due to the tight reins Gaddafi’s regime keeps on journalists and the news media in Libya.

There aren’t a lot of ways to get information in and out of the country except through Internet social networking, and Gaddafi has been busy shutting off the Internet across Libya during the protests and clashes with Libyan citizenry. And I’m told a great deal of the world remains unaware of the killings of dozens or hundreds of protesters in Libya in recent days by Gaddafi’s military forces. There were some demonstrators present at this rally here in Kansas City living in exile from Libya who cannot return and see close family while Gaddafi is in power, so it is not hard to understand why Libyans would love to see Gaddafi gone.

1) Libyan and American flags flying on the Plaza

2) Gaddafi Sux

3) Libya's Turn - Fisheye Lens photo

4) Mubarak Awaiting Gaddafi

5) Streetscape on The Plaza during the rally.

6) Black and White with the Fisheye lens.

7) Holding a child.

8) Gaddafi's Atrocities - and this list only had room to cover the early part of his career as dictator.

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Out The Window Of A Plane

Out the Plane's Window

For two days this week I had an event photography gig I was working in Arizona – this shot was taken looking out the window of a Southwest Airlines flight from Kansas City to Phoenix this past Wednesday. Of course, the distortion from the fisheye lens makes the Earth appear round, which it is of course but the effect was exaggerated here owing to the lens construction. I wasn’t so lucky to get a window seat on the return trip.

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Union Station and Liberty Memorial in One Shot

Fisheye lens view out of The Link

This is the third of my five shots from The Link last Saturday near Union Station at Crown Center. With this fisheye lens angle through the windows we can see both Union Station at the right, some flags, and Liberty Memorial up the hill, and a tunnel with people thrown in for good measure.

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Behind Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center

Backstage at Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center

I don’t yet fully understand all the technologies at play inside the Kauffman Center. I’ve had them shown to me on a couple of occasions and I wish I could recite what and why this large edifice is hanging down from the ceiling behind the stage of the Muriel Kauffman Theatre but the proper response escapes me at present.

Muriel Kauffman Theatre Under Construction

A fisheye view behind the stage of the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center. As you can see there is a level underneath the stage that is made visible from this angle.

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Crown Center at Dusk from The Link

Crown Center from The Link

My second of five shots on Saturday night inside The Link skywalk over Pershing and Main downtown. Here you can see my bodily legs and tripod legs to the lower right in the reflections.

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