Archive of Campaign 2008’s Hopes

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, January 29th, 2009

[WildebeestEyes / Flickr] After almost twelve months, it is time to put this blog to bed. The picture above seemed a good finale for BallotVox. Jonathan Wood -- a "Chicago-based human and sometimes photographer" -- took it in his hometown last month. It features pluma*'s street art inspired by Emily Dickinson's poem ...

Rewind: Election Day in 53 Seconds

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

[We will occasionally be posting cool stuff (under the heading "Rewind") that dates back to the campaign itself -- things we didn't have enough time to write up before the election.] One week until the inauguration. Maybe the right time to reminisce about election day with this brief video by mattymatt ...

Rewind: Shepard Fairey’s Street Art

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, December 6th, 2008

[We will occasionally be posting cool stuff (under the heading "Rewind") that dates back to the campaign itself -- things we didn't have enough time to write up before the election.] To wrap up the Shepard Fairey theme of the last few posts (for now, anyway): three street-art shots of his ...

Message for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Friday, November 21st, 2008

The post-election Flickr phenomenon is A Message for Obama. (Thanks, James Mills, for the heads-up.) It's sort of like old-skool Twitter. You take a pen and a piece of paper and write Obama a short note. (A lot of people use post-its.) Then you take a photo of the ...

California’s Prop 8

Posted by Katherine | Friday, November 14th, 2008

California's Prop 8, probably the most scrutinized ballot measure of 2008, was one of three same-sex marriage bans that passed last Tuesday. (The others were in Florida and Arizona.) Gay-rights advocates are questioning its legality and planning nation-wide protests tomorrow. Several anti-Prop 8 marches have already taken place since the ...

Echo of Iraqi Election

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Nineteen-year-old Ashley Adcox, who counts the Bible and The Bell Jar among her favorite books, voted for the first time last week. She says, of this self-portrait, "I've wanted to take this photo on my first election ever since I saw the STUNNING photographic coverage of the first election in ...

Obama’s Election-Night Speech

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

In Grant Park, watching Obama's speech [Gregwar / Flickr] Reactions to Obama's election-night speech are still turning up as people recover from election hangovers and resume blogging. Although 46% of voters chose McCain last Tuesday, negative critiques of Obama's speech haven't been easy to find. So here are a few positive reviews. ...

The World Was Watching Closely

Posted by Katherine | Friday, November 7th, 2008

People around the world have been following this American election very closely. Many felt they had a lot invested in it's outcome, and it seems they were largely elated about Obama's win. James Njuguna is a photojournalist in Nairobi who covers crime. He took this shot in Nairobi's Kibera slum on ...

John McCain’s Concession Speech

Posted by Katherine | Friday, November 7th, 2008

Conceding [janeyhenning / Flickr] McCain was widely praised by mainstream media and political blogs for a gracious concession speech, though sometimes with a footnote that it contrasted in tone with his campaign. Those same two sentiments were largely reflected on regular blogs. Broodingcynyc at Brooding Cynyx voted for McCain and felt his ...

4:00 am Thumbs Up for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 6th, 2008

New Englander PB&J gives a rather mellower signal that he's happy with the outcome of the election. He says, "I went to bed early and confident on election night but I got up at 4 AM with a "what if" on my mind, so I checked the news to make ...

Jumping Around Because Obama Won

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Emily Podwoiski was, oh, moderately excited that Obama won. (Hat tip to Sue Salinger.) [Emily Podwoiski / Vimeo] Sorry, should have warned you about the volume.

National Anthem on Election Night

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 6th, 2008

From Julie Vaicius, here's a little girl with a patriotic election-night "serenade." It's not clear which candidate she was rooting for. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) [Julie Vaicius / Vimeo] Somewhat later that night -- at 2:00 am -- melish99 filmed Obama supporters feeling that same American spirit. "Dawn's early light" might have been a ...

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 ...