Rewind: This Vote’s for You

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, December 10th, 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.] Renee, a reader and writer and "professional spacecraft driver" from Chicago, saw this sign in a shop window on Oak ...

Message for Obama: Not So Happy

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

[This post is part of a Message for Obama series.] It's not all a love-in in Message-for-Obama-land. Some people are telling Barack they didn't vote for him and are downright scared. JamieFace claims her "only passion" is photography, but she seemed pretty enthusiastic about John McCain, too. She doesn't like Obama, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

He Is Barack Obama

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Jeff is a fan of his wife and video games... and Barack Obama. This appears to be a self-portrait. [Jeff the Trojan / Flickr] Under the photograph, Jeff writes an impassioned political manifesto. [I am] ...a patriotic American. …the descendent of immigrants. [...] ...a person with a moral compass, based on the values my Christian ...

Homeless Voters

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Sarolta Cump found this cool4pro video made by Oren Goldenberg for the citizen-journalism site The Uptake. It features a homeless (or formerly homeless?) man in Detroit talking about being turned away at a polling place; and an ACLU rep explaining that homeless Michigan voters are allowed to vote, even if ...