Why do we have to demand democracy in 2020

I’d like to share a couple of socially conscious and politically minded thoughts to introduce a picture I shot this afternoon in Central London.

These troubled times may have cathartic effects. For years we took for granted what our grandparents and great grandparents fought for: FREEDOM. Once upon a time, not so long ago, women had no right of vote and slavery was legal. Rights to education, housing, and welfare were also yet to be granted. Then the age of revolutions arrived. As it happens, the French were the first to kickstart a revolution against the ancien régime. The rest of the Old Continent followed suit. Little by little, piece by piece, men – and later women – gained a vast array of rights, from voting to access to education and healthcare. In essence, many lost their lives to set us free.

The advent of digitalisation seems to have given the reborn ancien régime a chance to shift – again – the balance of power. All of a sudden, we discovered we had to make a case for freedom. As I was casually walking around with my Fujifilm camera today, I came across a sit-in protest in Trafalgar Square. What really struck my attention was what a young woman wrote on a piece of cardboard: WHY DO WE HAVE TO DEMAND DEMOCRACY IN 2020? It’s a fair question, isn’t it?

Location 🌏 Trafalgar Square, London | Camera 📷 Fujifilm X-T3 | Lens 🔭 Fujinon XC 50-230mm | Setting 🔧 ISO 640 – SS 1/125s – f 5.4 | Film profile 🎞 Colour | Edit 🖥 RAW file in Lightroom and Photoshop ¦ 📽 Stefano Fujifilm

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