Photo Essay | A Day in the Life of a Protester

As the Occupy Wall Street protest nears the one month mark, people who have been participating since Day 1 say they're not tired of protesting or living at Zuccotti Park, but admit it does cause some personal wear and tear.

Take 25-year-old Edward T. Hall, otherwise known as Ted, was recently released from jail after being arrested at one of the marches. The Bard College alum is in need of a shower.

Hall (right) consults with Brian Smith (left), who is in charge of the 'comfort' area in Zuccotti Park for the day. He has a list of volunteers who've signed up to allow protesters to come into their homes and use their showers.

( Kathleen Horan )

Smith says it's a big responsibility to send people into private homes, so he quickly screens protesters at the comfort station before sharing addresses.

( Kathleen Horan )

Hall is ready with his towel and a change of clothes and is waiting for shower information.

( Kathleen Horan )

While Hall waits on his shower, he stops by the medical area to get a check-up from an EMT volunteer. He said he got pretty banged up when he was arrested last week when he sat down in the middle of a skirmish between protesters and cops.

( Kathleen Horan )

He is checked out by Tina Ruth, an EMT from Vermont who came down to volunteer at the protest.

( Kathleen Horan )

OWS volunteer and Lower Manhattan resident Ted Shulman offers Hall the use of his shower. They walk to his apartment a few blocks away.

( Kathleen Horan )

The promised land - finally, a shower.

( Kathleen Horan )

One of the by products of urban camping - a tangled head of hair.

( Kathleen Horan )

After a 40 minute shower, Hall emerges. While he believes in what he's doing, he's stays for awhile and chills out on the couch.

( Kathleen Horan )
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