Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Obama Visits Baltimore

"U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at Ellicott Dredges, a manufacturing facility, on May 17, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. As part of his 'Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour' President Obama is also visiting an elementary school and community center while in Baltimore."

Last week, I had the honor to photograph U.S. President Barack Obama speaking in Baltimore, Md.

While I'd love to photograph politics, I don't get to cover President Obama that much. I think in my time shooting, I've only covered maybe a handful or more of assignments related to our current leader of the free world.

So while documenting him has been brief, I do know that security is tight and scheduling usually means waiting around a long time. It also means that positions to photograph from are limited and not always the best.

In President Obama's tour to Baltimore, there was only one third of his travels that was open to general media (the rest was open to the traveling press pool). That event was at Ellicott Dredges, a manufacturing facility near the stadiums downtown. Space was limited and we were told to stick to the riser in the back of the plant.

However, to our surprise, we did get to roam a very little bit. One of the sayings amongst photographers is that documenting politics is a lot of the time a game of inches - meaning everyone is shooting the same thing and even a couple inches one way or the other can provide the better angle.

In an attempt to try and stand out with my images, I found another member of the media with a red shirt resting with her hand on her hip ever so briefly. I was able to get a couple frames off before she stopped resting.
Nothing amazing, not even a great moment, but a small victory in working hard to find an image no one else had documented that day.


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