UCSC 32% Budget Increase Strike

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UploadedDecember 2, 2009
TakenNovember 18, 2009
ModelCanon PowerShot SX110 IS
Exposure1/1000 sec at f/4
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length6 mm
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This picture came out so perfect. I swear to you, the glare from the sun was NOT photoshopped. I didn't really realize the significance nor the luck I had with the red glare, but wow I'm still astounded that I got such a significant photo like this. You need to know the situation first. This is during the Strike at UCSC, where students were striking against UC Regent Mark Yudolf's decision to raise tuition by 32%. All sorts of people were affected, people that we usually forget about (Students with families on campus, staff, TAs, foreign students). We had barricaded the front entrance of the campus, and these 2 students had climbed on top of a small street light. In her hand is a poster of Mark Yudolf with devil horns and goatee drawn on. But as I took the photo, a red glare got caught and perfectly encircled the face of Yudolf, on this perfectly clear blue day to make a difference. This picture has such a deeper meaning to it, the blue taking up most of the picture is the desire for the students to just be able to simply afford school. We don't ask for it to be free, just affordable at least. And the only red (contrasting color) is perfectly planted on the one person's face who prevents us from our wishes.

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