Time and Place: Victory


  • Amy Sinclair
  • July 5, 2015, 552 Flat Shoals Road

This photograph depicts a sight often seen in Atlanta: a sporting event at a bar. The crowd was mostly male. It looks no different than any other shot of a similar scene. But there is something vastly different. The men and women in this photograph are cheering and standing on their seats in support of female athletes, something I've never witnessed in my lifetime.

I had heard that the turnout for the Women's World Cup was overwhelming and a great surprise to area bars. I decided to check out the finals match at the Midway Pub in East Atlanta Village. I was floored watching the crowds of people filing in, dressed in U.S.A. garb, filling the large bar and overflowing onto the huge patio.

The moment that this photo was taken was when the crowd was celebrating the match's end. The U.S. had defeated Japan to win the Women's World Cup.

You would never know that the cheering here wasn't over the Atlanta Falcons or the Atlanta Hawks. That is what I really enjoy about this photograph. To me, this moment was about more than just sport. It was about equality. These fans are watching athletes at their very best and being named the best in the world. I felt proud and I felt excited about the future. And I think it's fair to say that that feeling reverberated through everyone who watched.

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