Candid shot of President Barack Obama on the 2008 campaign trail (Roanoke, VA).
Remember this guy?
I took this photo back in 2008 in Roanoke, VA. President Obama (well…he wasn’t president quite yet) was making his way south and I was able to catch him in Roanoke, only a couple hours from my home in Greensboro, NC.
I really like this photo for a few reasons (in no particular order):
- This was the first time I had ever entered an event as “PRESS”. A big deal for me at the time, especially considering I was getting front row seating during a political rally for a man who became our first black president. I felt like I was taking part in history. Bumping shoulders with big name press photographers was also a highlight for me.
- I have the negatives for this day. When it’s important (and even when it’s not, haha), I shoot film. In this case, a few rolls of expired Fuji 800 Press film.
- I took a lot of photos this day, but this one stands out to me because of the relaxed and casual nature of it. When I look at this photo I see a real person, not a political celebrity…not the soon-to-be leader of the free world…a real person. Politicians are so serious (wait until you see the photos I took of Senator John McCain), moments like this are what helps people like me really relate to a candidate. Some may say that Obama won the election because he won the people.
I look forward to sharing more of my 2008 campaign photos, with the upcoming presidential election excitement is building in the United States…I think it’s exciting to look back on 4 years ago!
Shot with a Nikon F5 and 200mm f/2.8 lens on Fuji Press 800 film.