Rave Act

© 2003 Adam Kenneth Campbell


North Lawn
United States Capitol
Washington, D.C.
United States


N 38°53’32.2″
W 77°00’33.2″

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There’s this thing called synchronicity, where you end up being in the right place at the right time — meet the right people at the right time, almost like you can will things into existence if you believe you’re doing the right thing, and the higher power that runs this universe agrees with you. This photo is part of one of those stories.

On September 6, 2003, A bunch of rave promoters had decided to throw down a protest of the “Rave Act” — a law threatening club owners and promoters to shutting down electronic music events nationwide for fear of imprisonment of up to 20 years and/or fines of $500,000.

After passing such a law — what better place could you possibly find to throw your next rave than on the LAWN OF THE U.S. CAPITOL BUILDING?

Who the hell would want to miss out on that?

Not me.

This image is a protestor who was probably high on ecstasy, waving a flag and dancing in front of the capitol. I didn’t have time to grab a good camera so I just used my point and shoot and held down the shutter for a few snaps. I had the guy’s email so I sent him a copy of the image as I always do when I can meet the people I am able photograph, and a google search showed he was some sort of gay porn star.

I have sold this image numerous times on various stock photo sites and would love to see it end up on one of those stupid political flyers that are filling up my mailbox every day during election season. Especially if it were on some Jesus loving Republican’s postcard.

Wouldn’t that be hysterical if you saw that, now that you know the story behind this photo?


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