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New York Gritty; Abbie's atmospheric shots of a city in shock at Trump's election go on display.


ARRIVING as a tourist in New York two days before America went to the polls to elect a new president, Abbie McCann sensed a city holding its breath. As the week last November went on, she watched the unease spill over on to the streets when Donald Trump was declared the winner. So intense was the feeling that photographer Abbie found herself turning her camera away from the usual tourist sights and training it on the faces of New Yorkers. From angry scuffles in front of Trump Towers to a band of placard-wielding women marching up Fifth Avenue, she captured the strength of feeling in detail. But it wasn't until she returned home that the former Abertay University student realised how powerful the photos were. After an exhibition at Edinburgh's Ocean Terminal, the collection, Changed, is on show at 139 Princes Street. Abbie, 23, who grew up in Coldstream, Berwickshire, said: "On the night of the election I happened upon a huge protest outside Trump Towers. The atmosphere had changed, New York felt dark, hostile and terrifying. "People were chanting, holding placards and lighters and throwing anti-Trump pamphlets over the streets. I took out my camera." She added: "Morale in the city went down the next day when the votes were counted and Trump was elected. You could sense the fear of what was to come." Abbie, a photographer for Heritage Portfolio, left New York on November 13 and went to Los Angeles and San Francisco. She said: "I had no idea a holiday in New York would turn into one of the most important projects of my life. "I feel honoured to have been in the right place at the right time and captured the feeling of a city, a country and a world."



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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Jul 6, 2017
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