The Sound of Election Night

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 6th, 2008

The still photos of election night have a magic of their own, but adding a layer of sound fills in the picture, so to speak. Here's a rash of videos that document the whooping and honking across the country. They're mostly bumpy, out of focus, on the fly -- but ...

Former Illegal Immigrants Voted for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Sue Salinger found this video of an Obama-supporting family in California. They're talking about their votes on a moonlit night just after casting their ballots. Erick, a 30-year-old who likes Sade and Pablo Neruda, first films his giddy mom and slightly embarrassed teenaged brother (a first-time voter). Then he turns ...

Oh They Cried, Too

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Jesse Jackson was far from the only American with tears streaming last night after Obama's victory was announced. Gueorgui Tcherednitchenko, originally from Moscow, now calls Paris home. He's a talented young photographer who explained via email that he's not a professional photojournalist -- yet! Last night/this morning in Paris, he attended ...

They Embraced

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

From Massachusetts to Oregon, Obama supporters embraced. Joanna Rieke in Boston aspires to make art (photographs, illustrations, design) accessible to anyone. Here's the image she saw when Obama was announced as the next president. She created it at Boston's Fairmont Hotel, the election-night headquarters for the state's Democratic Party. [joanna.rieke / Flickr] The ...

They Danced

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

And while they were out in the streets, the Obama fans danced. Coeur-sang saw this couple in the East Village in New York. [coeur-sang / Flickr] Ryan Carver likes to photograph "the calm and the isolated," which gives him "a reason to explore." This street party in San Francisco was neither calm nor ...

They Took to the Streets

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Grant Park in Chicago, the official site of Obama's victory rally, hosted an enormous crowd, but Obama supporters also took to the streets spontaneously all across the country. Thirty-one-year-old Steve Goldenberg admits that he's "completely addicted to taking pictures." He lives in DC and was out last night mingling with the ...

A Black Man Will Be President

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Obama speaking last night [super.heavy / Flickr] Cheryl started travelling the world in utero and has visited 22 countries. She's now based in Chicago and crammed herself into Grant Park last night with about 100,000 other cell-phone-checking supporters to hear Obama speak. This was her part of the history-making night: Every time ...

President-Elect Barack Obama

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Immense crowds are cheering. These two photographs tell the smaller stories that put Obama on the podium tonight. Phillyhappening saw these teenaged Muslim girls on a Philadelphia street last night. (Thanks, James Mills.) [phillyhappening / Flickr] David Smyth in Denver recorded this boy at a local Obama rally last week. (Hat tip ...

They Voted Today

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

First you vote. David Markland recorded what appears to be a voter and a poll worker in Culver City, California. [David Markland / Flickr] Then you get a certificate. Amy from Chicago draws inspiration from a "blank piece of lined paper" and "portable coffee mugs." She says, "I cannot describe how good it felt ...

First-Time Voter in Florida

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Twenty-six-year-old Shantell Yvonne Kight, a "mama for Obama," filmed 45-year-old Mr. Caldwell, an early and first-time voter, outside the Regency Square Public Library in Jacksonville, Florida. He says he was blessed to vote and make a piece of history. Shantell made the video for a cool4pro project called Video the ...

McCain Voter, Obama Voter

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Beth Lucey describes herself as a "happily married woman with a beautiful daughter." She lives in Southbridge, Massachusetts, where she took this photo today. It's not clear whether the truck and dog are hers or a neighbor's, but the owner clearly voted for McCain. [Update 5 Nov 2008: Beth explained ...

A Quiet Polling Place

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Heidiologies took this photo of a polling place in New Jersey today. Not much of a wait time there, by the looks of it. [heidiologies / Flickr] In larger format, you can see that one of the signs warns against loitering. Good thing there wasn't a line out the door.

Campaign Street Team Takes a Lunch Break

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Dan 10things spotted these Obama volunteers taking a lunch break earlier today in Seattle. With their sign. [dan10things / Flickr] Polls in Washington state will be open for another couple of hours.

Who Will Win?

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Bill, a writer from "the Deep South," seems to be wondering what we're all wondering right now. [rebelshootsfan / Flickr] The first states are being called.

Standing in Line to Vote

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Americans have been standing in line for hours all day. Some 100 million were expected at the polls today after twenty-nine-plus million voted early or absentee. From sandygbandy, a pre-7 am crowd on 18th Street in DC. [sandygbandy / Flickr] From Valerie, a student who likes scrapbooking and genealogy, a two-and-a-half-hour line in ...

Coffee Woke Her to Political Freedom

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

[19melissa68 / Flickr] Heather Whittaker goes all out: waterskiing, jumping out of airplanes, and generally being "different." She and her pastor husband Carlos live in Atlanta. Heather is proof that Starbucks's offer of free coffee for voters actually worked. It made her, sheepishly, decide to cast a ballot. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) What ...

American Democracy, Picasso-Style

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

I've been saving this one for today: Lady Liberty, à la Picasso, wanting to ask a question -- while a Democratic and a Republican bird tussle over the POTUS seal. American democracy in action! The artist is TMNK ("the me nobody knows") from New York City, who believes that "each ...

High-Tech Stars and Stripes

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Sarolta Cump found this video made by tech-geek artist Evan Roth. Evan lives in Hong Kong and delights in violating copyright and vandalism laws. This video does neither -- it's simply some USB-powered flag waving for voting day. [fi5e / Vimeo] Something about this seems a bit tongue-in-cheek. Is the "made in ...

Peer Pressure to Vote

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Seriously, all the cool kids are doing it. Nineteen-year-old TheMuffinShow says so. Vote. (Hat tip to Sue Salinger.) I'm going. Right now.

Whatever You Do, Vote

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Unconvinced by the chihuahua? Singer and rapper dilliot2k in Atlanta will motivate you to get yourself to the polls. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) Get up and vote.