Keith Percy

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Man in wheelchair being dragged out of a government building by state police. Typically I donít take posed photos but Keith was in my office in Boulder. I like this posed shot because Keith feels he has to do something different with a camera pointed at him. He is an activist and he is trying not to smile. I like candid shots of people and I believe that my best photos of activists are candid. This is unique, and the subject is unique.

Being an activist, I know that sometimes we get in a zone of social justice and feel some internal righteous glow that we believe others can see. I have attempted for 20 years to capture this and other feelings of activists present. For some people the look of an activist is natural, but it certainly is forced here by Keith. But I know Keith and he wants to be seen as radiating the glow of justice.

Keith is unique. I was completely unsuccessful in helping him to run for the city council in Boulder, but I would like to think I had a hand in developing his direction toward activism. 


This photo was made with my Sony 7r, with a Sony 55mm 1.8 lens. In the background is another photo of mine of Sen. Tom Harkin. If you see that photo anywhere, please return it to Keith; he lost it.


As an activist from Boulder, I edited this video of Keith at an ADAPT action in 2010:


https://youtu.be/6HVk4pn7Hpo

Photo of Keith I made in Little Rock 2014


One of the results of my taking photos over the years is that I have archives of some ADAPT activists and many photos of individuals.


Album of Dawn Russell: https://www.flickr.com/gp/timmwheat/49Wm1V


Album of Barbara Toomer: https://flic.kr/s/aHskAirRaS 




Photo by Tim Wheat.

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