On my way down to Switzerland I made a stop in Hanover, Germany, for a one-day-visit to CeBIT '05 - the worlds largest ICT Fair, where ICT stands for Information Communication Technology - to "get the spirit of tomorrow..."
Already outside the entrance I met that spirit, in the shape of a demonstration arranged by IG Metall - the German Metalworkers Trade Union - and Ver.di – the worlds largest independent, individual trade union – both very strong in Germany and with a swiftness for spectacular actions.
The demonstration was aimed at IBM and a protest against the notice to shut down factories in Hanover and Schweinfurt, meaning a loss of some 620 workplaces. Regarded as a 'spontaneous' demonstration some 250 voluntary participants had reacted to the summons - and they were also joined by some visitors to the fair.
After a brief stay I continued into the warm exhibition halls, but my visit there was a bit damped. Also Sweden was hit by the IBM plans, meaning closure of five facilities and 583 workers were noticed of redundancy. However I'll return to the fair itself in some later postings.
Today being May 1st, this posting seemed more adequate!
Image cropped, adjusted levels, adjusted saturation +15 and in red –10, ran NeatImage at 60%, resized for TE, sharpened and faded to 40%, framed and saved for Web.
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maphoto (8082) 2005-05-01 22:31
Nice view of this evbent going on, well framed, I like that you have included the woman and man with the hat on the right, looking at the rest of the group. You've manage pretty well the sky even if it was not a perfect "blue" one. Inofromative note, thanks for sharing.
kent_s (1911) 2005-05-03 9:09
The few bystanders gives a great proportion of the ongoing rally. Sharp and details as ever when you post a shot
Well done again Kaj
pamastro (7290) 2005-05-04 1:31
This is a good shot for May Day. The demonstration is making itself known in front of the convention. I like how the tower rises behind them but gets drowned out by the crowd as a symbol of what is going on. At the moment here, though, they don't seem to be too excited about their protest with some, like the person with blue umbrella on the left, almost falling asleep it seems. I suppose it's just the type of strike, with union strikes tending to be a little less active than the heated political protests and the arguments between sides that those entail. The only thing i could think of is getting into the crowd for a photo to make it more lively. But I like the general view like this with the tower as it puts it all into context.
orme (7215) 2005-05-05 9:30
Good choice of photo for workers day, Kaj. I like the touches of red throughout the shot and the way that you managed to capture the man with the hat and the little kid, away from the main crowd. Nicely framed Well seen.
- Copyright: Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) (2440)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-03-12
- Categories: Event
- Camera: Olympus C-750UZ, Olympus 6.3-63mm f/2.8-3.7, JPEG ISO 50
- Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: CeBIT and Swiss skiing in 2005
- Date Submitted: 2005-05-01 17:18