Archive for March, 2012

Yesterday was a super Super Tuesday here in Fargo, North Dakota. Before I get ahead of myself, I should note that former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum won the most votes in North Dakota’s statewide Republican caucuses. I’ve had the opportunity to photograph Mr. Santorum and Mitt Romney in recent weeks. I was thrilled when I learned that presidential hopeful Ron Paul planned a stop in Fargo during an area-caucus event. I photographed Mr. Paul at least once years ago for the local newspaper during a visit to North Dakota State University.

Politicians interest me. People interest me. How people respond and react to elected leaders, especially those on the national level, really interests me. I respect any process that brings people together to discuss similar and dissimilar views.

A couple of notes on my approach to photographing Super Tuesday. I brought one camera body, two lenses [24mm and 85mm] and one strobe. I wanted to be mobile and keep things simple. I also went into the event with an intention of being more relaxed about image making. My purpose was to convey an overall sense of the gathering. I wandered around far more than I normally would and spent time chatting with lots of people. The outing was satisfying and even entertaining.

Enjoy the photos and thanks for stopping by. – Ann

P.S. If Newt Gingrich visits Fargo, I would happily photograph his event as well.

Super Tuesday in Fargo, North Dakota

Super Tuesday in Fargo, North Dakota

Super Tuesday in Fargo, North Dakota

Super Tuesday in Fargo, North Dakota

Super Tuesday in Fargo, North Dakota

Super Tuesday in Fargo, North Dakota

Super Tuesday in Fargo, North Dakota

Super Tuesday in Fargo, North Dakota

Super Tuesday in Fargo, North Dakota

Super Tuesday in Fargo, North Dakota

Super Tuesday in Fargo, North Dakota

Two short weeks ago GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum held a campaign rally here in Fargo. Not long after, Mr. Mitt Romney announced that he too would visit North Dakota. [In all fairness, I should mention Ron Paul has also visited our state recently.] Anyway, Mr. Romney and his crew planned a public event at Wrigley Mechanical this morning. I planned to go early [to get a decent place to park and a good vantage point]. However, I was on deadline to submit photographs for an editorial assignment and generally playing catch up after yesterday’s forecast blizzard, which was more of a minor snow storm.

With my images submitted, I hurried to make the Romney event, which was running behind schedule according to facebook posts by attendees. By the time I reached Wrigley Mechanical people were leaving. Not good. I found a parking spot easily and hurried in. The event was clearly over, but the candidate was still working the crowd. I moved quickly and photographed for about 20 minutes [that’s roughly the same amount of time as Romney’s speech]. I’m counting this outing as No. 2 of my goal to shoot at least six self-assignments in 2012. Ideally, I would have been able to photograph the event from start to finish. However, I’m giving myself credit for hustling, following through on this self-assignment while not compromising a deadline for another assignment. Best, Ann

Mitt Romney's campaign stop in Fargo, North Dakota

Mitt Romney's Fargo Stop In Photos

Mitt Romney's Fargo Stop in Photos

Mitt Romney's Fargo Stop in Photos

Mitt Romney's Fargo Stop in Photos

Mitt Romney's Fargo Stop in Photos

Mitt Romney's Fargo Stop in Photos