Obama’s Inauguration: What It Meant to Them — Part V

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Osvaldo Padilla has a background in journalism and now runs a commercial/corporate video-production company in Florida. He went to DC for the inauguration hoping to secure footage he could sell to news outlets. In this clip, New York mental-health counselor Carolyn Jenkins talks about her childhood experience of segregated buses. [Osvaldo ...

Obama’s Inauguration: What It Meant to Them — Part III

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Jim Karrels from the DC 'burbs interviewed his two-year-old son Matthew on inauguration day. Matthew and his mom -- who does a brief turn as Hillary Clinton (off camera) -- talk about the animals Matthew would bring to the White House if he were president. Matthew never lets go of ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

Do Iraqis Prefer McCain or Obama?

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

The blog Alive in Baghdad aims to "empower[...] Iraqi citizen journalists to share their stories with the world." We featured their work previously here. In this video, Iraqis talk about the US election: about who they think is likely to win and and who would make a difference for Iraq. ...

Veteran Voters in Nevada

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Tony Contini explained via Flickrmail that he took this photo at an American Legion in Sparks, Nevada, during a campaign rally. Apparently a McCain supporter and an Obama supporter both spoke to the veterans about the election. "Very interesting stuff," says Tony. [Tony Contini / Flickr] The focus on the veteran's ear ...

The Maverick Brand

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

DSquid1901, or Bryan Boyce, is a San Francisco film and video artist. (Featured before here.) He has a talent for satire. In this citizen ad, he takes on McCain's "maverick" brand and ties it mischievously to "spreading the wealth." (Thanks, Sarolta Cump.) Great soundtrack.

McCain Cookie

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Matthias Orfield from Moorhead, Minnesota, takes wedding photographs from the Twin Cities to Fargo. Also more whimsical shots. Here he is in a self-portrait with a McCain cookie. [Orfield Photography / Flickr] Matthias doesn't indicate who he's voting for but mentions that Obama must be "ahead in the cookie polls too" because ...

Confusing McCain/Palin Sign En Route to Dover Speedway

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Brendan Greeley lives in his hometown of Annapolis, Maryland, and works as multimedia editor for The Economist. He and his wife Beth like karaoke. Loud karaoke. I know this because, full disclosure, the Greeleys are friends. Last month, Brendan went to a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway in ...

Campaign Video Art

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, November 1st, 2008

Mycloudofdreams calls this video Decision 2008. It shows close-ups of the talking mouths of both candidates, and it's set to ethereal music. The only words you hear are, "I'm ___, and I approve this message." The meaning? Up to you to decide. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) [mycloudofdreams / Vimeo.] Is this about empty ...

Happy Campaign-08 Halloween!

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 31st, 2008

Is there always this much pumpkin art during campaign years? Mechanical engineer Gabriel Edwards took this photo -- and presumably was involved in the carving: [glxedwards / Flickr] For this pumpkin, origamidoc used a template created by Aidenag, which was in turn based on Shepard Fairey's now-famous poster. (You can see Aidenag's orignal ...

Dueling Signage 2008!

Posted by Ann | Friday, October 31st, 2008

[Ann Raber is a BallotVox co-curator.] As early voting wraps up across the nation in the final weekend of this campaign, signage blooms. Ruth E, photographer of weddings, pets and babies, snapped this lawn pic outside a colonial duplex in Pittsburgh. On the right side, an enormous McCain/Palin sign stands proud and ...

A Pastor’s Tips on Voting

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Church and flag [Golden ~Eye~ / Flickr] Jeff Leake is a Steelers fan (he lives in Pittsburgh) and likes reading novels at Borders bookstores. He's also the lead pastor of Allison Park Church and has been asked a lot about the election and how to consider the candidates. Here's a longish excerpt ...

Redistribution of Wealth

Posted by Katherine | Monday, October 27th, 2008

[ninjawil / Flickr] The Drudge-induced bloggy craze today was some audio of a 2001 interview in which Obama talks about redistribution of wealth. It was circulated as a rather charged video (see here) posted by Naked Emperor News, which is part of the NObama network. McCain began calling his rival "Barack the ...

Open to Interpretation

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 24th, 2008

Donny Warbritton took this photo at the same Palin rally in Grand Junction featured here. So option one: is this a McCain/Palin supporter saying, "Stay strong and fight despite the poll numbers"? Or option two: is he a protester saying, "Stop the negative attacks"? (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) [the real donnyw / ...

McCain: Supporters on the Street

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 24th, 2008

Amanda Warren, a college student and photography editor in Eastern Pennsylvania, saw these two wanna-be plumbers in Downington, PA. [minus the amanda / Flickr] Note the overalls.