Protests,  Street Photography,  Street Portraits

The mediating power of the American flag: A localized observation of Nepali geopolitics

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On a wintery mid-morning on November 22nd, a group of Nepalese protesters organized by self-described Greater Nepali-American community gathered near the White House to protest what they described as India’s blockade of the border with their country. One unidentified protester suggested that the impact could potentially decimate poor people in Nepal.

Importantly, this same unidentified Nepali stated that the impact of the border blockade meant there was no transportation of gas, fuel and food from India to the landlocked Nepali. There were approximately 300  protesters, yet I noticed a counter protest organized by a group representing the Madhesis, supposedly a marginalized group which suffered brutalities at the hand of the Nepali government. It was interesting to observe local Nepali politics played on American soil with the American flag as a mediating theme. Here are some shots from what I saw and observed.

All images © Nana Gyesie.  You can see more of his work on his website, flickr and Instagram

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Nana Gyesie is a street, travel, portrait and documentary photographer currently based in the Washington DC area with roots in Ghana. He is inspired by stories that are related to the human condition and shifting paradigms. His storytelling is inspired by contemporary photographers such as Renzo Grande, Eros Sana and 365Ken; and legendary photographers such as Gary Winogrand, Martin Parr and James Barnor.