Yesterday our President came to town!
President Obama dropped in on the citizens of Nashua, NH on Saturday (Oct. 27, 2012) as part of the last leg of his re-election campaign. In my opinion, having the leader of the free world stopping into town is a big deal and for me a chance to capture a little history with my camera.
The folks in Nashua really turned out and despite long lines and many hours of waiting, they kept the smiles on their faces. The fact that so many people decided to take part makes me hopeful about the state of our body politic. It was a small demonstration against apathy, and I will take it as a positive sign.
James Taylor provided a warm-up act for the main show and he did not disappoint. He played a selection of his hits and really sounded great. It was a nice distraction and provided some relive for the thousands of folks patiently standing en-mass on the lawn of the Elm Street School campus.
I was able to share this experience in the company of two of my sisters, which is rare get together for us, which made for a more important occasion. The event brought to mind, all the political /campaign events we have witnessed together in New Hampshire over the last forty or so years. From the days of Nixon to today we have had a front row seat to the American political process.
Just another good day in New Hampshire.
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Also tagged Dan Splaine photographer, editorial photography, James Taylor, Nashua, New Hampshire, photojournalism, politicians, politics, President Obama, press photos, Test of Time photography
Senator Arlen Specter during hearings on Capital Hill. This image is from my archive of client work. Many of my photography assignements involved creating editorial images for public policy clients. ©2006 Daniel J. Splaine – All Rights reserved
The news of the death of Senator Arlen Specter yesterday was noteworthy for a few reasons. First and foremost the nation has lost a long serving and capable public servant. His death also marks the end of another era in American political life. The senate he served in was once a place of civility and high-minded pursuit of effective public policy. Today it is all about dogma and disparagement Moderate northeastern Republicans like Specter, offered a counter balance to more extreme right and in my opinion we all benefited from that middle road.
Specter was tough and pragmatic, with a political career that began with the Warren Commission and ended with the Tea Party. In my photography career I was able to photograph and observe the senator in action on a couple of occasions. What I recall most from watching in the Senate hearing room was his intensity and his no-nonsense approach. We would be well served as a nation if we had more like him. Agree with him or not, the man always earned respect. RIP sir.
On Sunday I held a street photography workshop during the Chinese New Year Parade festivities in Boston’s Chinatown. Sixteen photographers joined me for a day of photo education and image making. The Lion Dancers and festivities made provided a unique subject to photograph and plenty of excitement.
Street photography is one of the oldest traditions in photography. As camera technology became smaller and more mobile (Moving from large format view cameras to smaller roll film cameras) photographers turned their cameras to the realities and moments they observed around them. The aim of this workshop was to immerse the participants into the urban environment and to have them practice this type of on the fly documentary photography. Despite the cold and crowds, they were able to make some remarkable images.
Check out the results on the group Flickr page.
This workshop is one of the program of digital photography workshops and photography tours that we offer at Test of Time Photography. Our objective its to build photographer skills and creative abilities so our students can create the images they imagine. This was a fun event and a great way to start of the year.
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Game on in New Hampshire! Now that the Iowa caucus is over John Huntsman will not be the only primary candidate wandering the streets on New Hampshire seeking primary voters. This shot made on Monday when all the excitement was in the Midwest, the calm before the storm. Looking forward to a week full of political events and sightings.
Gov. Huntsman with wife in tow, passing in front of a bust of JFK which graces the Main Street in front of the city hall in Nashua, NH. The statue commemorates the spot that Kennedy started his campaign for president in 1960. The image reeks of irony for me and I can not but hear the voice of Lloyd Benson comment on VP Dan Quayle ” You’re no Jack Kennedy…”
The presidential primary, the national sport of the Granite State is truly one of my favorite things. Only six more days until the parade leaves town!
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The national sport of the State of New Hampshire is of course the much beloved, first in the nation, presidential primary. Having had the privileged of growing up in Nashua, I have been watching the parade of politicians stomping across the granite state since the early 1970′s. (We are a state of astute political handicappers and I think the rest of the nation does not quite get what a service we provide to the body politic). For myself, a political junkie and a photographer the primary campaigns are pure joy and source of great imagery.
This time around the parade has not really begun. Given President Obama’s unchallenged status among the Democratic party and the Republican pool of candidates unwilling and reluctant to jump in things are pretty quiet on the NH stump. At this point in a typical election year we would have candidates and their minions as thick as black flies roaming the state.
The Memorial Day appearance of Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann in Dover was my first chance of this election cycle to photograph a candidate on the hunt for votes. Despite her undeclared status and Sarah Palin’s tour competing for media attention a fair amount of media turned out. Half the fun of the primary show is the media scrum that follows the candidates and of course jumping in to get the images I want to make. My mass and height give me some advantage in the mix and a certain immunity to elbows and nudges.
Bachmanns’s presentation was unremarkable by design-she is keeping her powder dry for her upcoming Iowa announcement. As modest as the event was it excited my taste for things to come, the political theater of the New Hampshire primary. Bring on the parade!
Michele Bachman – Memorial Day visiti to Dover NH – at the podium
Michele Bachman – Memorial Day visiti to Dover NH – Greeting a Vetran
Michele Bachman – Memorial Day visiti to Dover NH – Greeting a Vetran
Michele Bachman – Memorial Day visiti to Dover NH – Lone protestor
Michele Bachman – Memorial Day visiti to Dover NH – media scrum