Wednesday, January 9, 2008

A fine day for a Caucus

Day of the Iowa caucus. I had hoped to make some images of presidential hopefuls but most were finally resting after many long months of coercing people to vote for them. We tried to see Edwards speak to his Iowan supporters for the last time, but thanks to slick roads, bad directions, and parking meters- all we saw was him get on his tour bus. Later we arrived at "Caucus for Barackus" a name some friends made up as they played tunes that reminded me of Pink Floyd to a room of young Obama hopefuls that were 'fired up'. I later realized what a caucus essentially was, the patient people of Iowa that were eager to stand in a room for the candidate of their choice. A strange way to go about things, i thought. We sat in a bar downing beers and playing pool as Barack Obama won the Iowa Caucus. Obamanation! The people were happy, a friend with a Ron Paul pin on his shirt was certainly shunned. I felt like I was a part of a curious moment in political history. 

As you can tell, political photography is not my expertise, I'd rather hang out with gravestones. Thinking back on how these souls could have been the young hopefuls caucusing for who they believed  should rule the United States for the next 4 years. I wondered who they would have chosen, what they believed in, what were their "values" that so many today base their votes upon. If they voted based solely on a candidates religious belief? If they believed that the world was only 6000 years old? Would they ban two people to love each other simply because of anatomy? How would they feel about war? I suppose these are our fathers and mothers.. their creation of life led us to have our own opinions and beliefs. I wonder if nations of the future will think back on this period of time and wonder.. what were they thinking? 

a nice moment edited strangely

creator of OBAMANATION

people watching

who lies underneath it all

with open arms

who we pin on a cross

hold it close to your heart

outside a friendly bar

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