Joffre Stewart ~ Misunderstood Anarchist Poet?

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Joffre Stewart ~ Misunderstood Anarchist Poet?
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I ran into Joffre Stewart at the Occupy Chicago demonstration.

The first time I met Joffre…

I gotta admit I thought he might be a crazy homeless guy ranting…

certainly fascinating looking too and a good subject for a street shot.

I photographed Joffre a few months ago at Jazz Fest when he handed me a leaflet there.

When I got home and googled him I was pretty amazed by the man’s fascinating life story.

Within minutes of posting his picture NPR contacted me to ask about it and him.

When we met at Occupy I was ready to talk to him on a much more knowledgeable basis.

Joffre’s got some radical political views.

They probably make a lot of people uncomfortable.

They were in fact too radical for most of the Occupy crowd.

There’s a litmus test for you.

He’s against giving military aid to Israel and for that Joffre’s been labled ‘anti-semitic.’

I point blank asked him about that.

‘Some people say you’re anti-semitic Joffre… what do you think about that?’

Joffre shrugged…

then he explained to me that he’s anti-Zionist.

I gotta do some google work on that one.

Joffre doesn’t think that we should support the state of Israel with military aid.

When he was explaining this to me a young revolutionary approached and tried to run Joffre off…

He told me and everyone within earshot that Joffre shouldn’t be there… that he was racist and anti-semitic… that he would discredit the movement.

Personally… I don’t agree with about 95% of Joffre’s political views.

Maybe 98%.

We both think government should be smaller… I think it should be significantly smaller… as a non-violent anarchist Joffre would like to see it nonexistant.

I find the guy fascinating though.

We both dig Thoreau.

And you could just tell he’s got a good heart and a soft soul.

We had a great talk.

It ended with a hug, a handshake, a pat on the back and another hug.

That sort of got me discredited within the movement.

I didn’t care though.

I judge people on their actions… not their beliefs.

If only these people knew who Joffre was and the experience that he could bring to the movement… they would have embraced the man even if they did distance themselves from his controversial political views.

Joffre really liked the pictures I shot… they lit the guy up…

but he doesn’t touch a computer so I can’t get him the shots that way.

He was kind of mind-bent when I told him how many people saw his picture after NPR made it their Picture of the Day on their website.

I’ll find another way to get him these images.

You can see my earlier shots of Joffre right HERE

Olloclip iPhone Fish Eye, Wide Angle and Macro Lens Sample Photos
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I tested the Olloclip iPhone Lens attachment from work the other day and was pretty impressed with what it can do. It fits snugly on your iPhone camera-side corner (sans case) and the images are nice and sharp. One side takes 180-degree fisheye ***photo above*** and you take it off, turn the lens around and use the other side for the wide angle lens (which also unscrews to leave a macro lens).

Attaching this 3-in-1 lens for your iphone can be a hassle if you have a case (you have to remove your case all the time). I also had to swivel it a bit to access the iPhone switch every time I wanted to turn the phone off without having to take the lens off. This wasn’t an issue for me, but attaching it if you have a screen protector on might pry the sticker off your phone, because it clings tightly on your phone, which is a good thing.

It was dusk when I took the photos below so light was a little scarce. I know it could be sharper and better focused -especially the Macro lens, but that was my fault for not holding it steady. What do you think about the bokeh and radial zooming it produces?

You can buy this at London Drugs for .99

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How can you move on if you are still living in the past? And how can you step forward, leaving the past behind, if you can’t even begin to forgive what the past holds? How can you love someone for who they are, yet want to hate them for what they’ve done? I guess what it boils down to is this — there are always those defining moments, times that makes us or breaks us, build us or tear us apart, help us progress further or stop us dead in our tracks. And for whichever way we may choose, there’s a consequence of equal value. It’s a true test of what we stand for, where we came from, and where we are going. These are moments that we live for, breathe for, and fight for. These are the defining moments that leave imprints forever in our hearts, making our souls forever. These are choices that could bring you one step closer to forever or leaving you hostage to the past. I guess in order to move on from the past you must learn to forgive it. And forgiving may mean letting go.

It’s hard to believe 3 years ago I joined Flickr.

I’m beyond grateful for the inspiration, friendship, support & pure love that I have from so many extraordinary people.

It would take a novel to fully express the gratitude I hold toward every single one of you.

With this New Year right around the corner, I look forward to another year spent, as well as many years to come, with my Flickr family.

I hope the New Year brings upon you all an endless amount of happiness, peace, love & creativity!

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