December Update

Greetings. It’s time for a quick update on the progressing we’re making with the WWP project and our upcoming plans for 2010.

First, Chad is *almost* done going through the photos from the Manila and Taipei pride marches, so expect to see all the images we have posted on Flickr by the end of next week.

In addition, Chad has with some convincing … er maybe pestering, hah, agreed to start posting a blog entry after each parade. He’ll be talking about the experience from a photographer’s perspective. This includes his process for photographing the marches, what he looks for, and why. As the project evolves with the more parades we attend, the aim is to show how each march really does have a life of its own, and the diversity – from the provocative and flamboyantly dressed to those more reserved and ordinary in their style. However, keep in mind the project has just begun, so expect to see a lot more variety concerning pride images and community subcultures as we continue.

We are also preparing for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, almost 3 weeks of events stretching from Feb. 19 to March 7. There’s a huge variety of activities planned, including Fair day at the park which expects up to 70,000 attendees on Feb. 21, the Mardi Gras parade on Feb. 27 themed “Mardi Gras’ History of the World”, followed on Feb. 28 by Harbour day, an outdoor party opposite the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Please let us know if you’ve attended any of these events in the past, as we’d welcome any comments or advice to help us prepare – wwpproject@yahoo.com. For the Sydney March we also plan to get a voice recorder and one of those mini-cams, so there should be an enhanced multimedia documentation of this parade.

Finally, we’d like to give a thank you to Toweleroad.com and JustOut which have posted links to our project on their website.

Happy New Year!

(Video of Mardi Gras 2009 produced by www.samesame.com.au)

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