PRIDE DAY ON POLAROID

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This past weekend, New York City celebrated Pride, and there was no shortage of turnout. Indeed, millions showed up for the weekend-long festivities in what was a powerful display of support and proof that the events in Orlando will not tear down the LGBTQ community. Beyond the parade route’s end, LGBTQ youth gathered at the Christopher Street Pier on lower Manhattan’s west side, which has long been a site for many in the community to congregate—an oasis, of sorts, for gay youth that has naturally begun to butt heads with Manhattan’s hyper-gentrification. On Sunday, however, the community seemed to reclaim this space as a safe haven for self-expression. The waterfront was taken over by a sea of individuals unafraid to let loose, and the sight was electric.

With a cumbersome, somehow-still-functional, 1969 Polaroid Super Colorpack Land Camera that I picked up at a thrift store for $5 in tow, I documented as many people as a handful of 120 Polaroid packs would allow. The folks at Milk ran a selection, and presented here is a wider edit.

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