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

 

 

I love pretty much any kind of editorial assignment. That said, any assignment involving politics, politicians and voters ranks high among my favorites. Last week I photographed the Republican caucus in Moorhead, Minn., for Minnesota Public Radio News. A few days later I heard GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum planned a campaign stop in Fargo. It seemed to make sense to stop by to photograph the event. Apparently, hundreds of other people had the same idea. Local media reports pegged attendance at last night’s rally at 1,000 or more. Enjoy the photographs and thanks for stopping by. – Ann

P.S. Earlier this year I shared my 12 Creative Goals for 2012, which included a mandate to shoot at least six self-assignments [so those I assigned myself]. I’m counting my photographic efforts at Mr. Santorum’s rally as self-assignment No. 1.

Rick Santorum rally in Fargo, N.D.

Rick Santorum rally in Fargo, N.D.

Rick Santorum rally in Fargo, N.D.

Rick Santorum rally in Fargo, N.D.

Rick Santorum rally in Fargo, N.D.

Rick Santorum rally in Fargo, N.D.

Rick Santorum rally in Fargo, N.D.

Rick Santorum rally in Fargo, N.D.

Rick Santorum rally in Fargo, N.D.

Rick Santorum rally in Fargo, N.D.