I decided to forego early voting or absentee voting this year so that I could enjoy the American democratic process. I awoke early and headed to the polls and found a few even more eager to wait in line. A poll watcher strolled by with a box of donuts, but was disappointed to find that he couldn’t share them with the other poll workers, as it could be considered a bribe. There were some small glitches in the process, such as when the workers struggled to remember a password for a laptop that would help prove evidence of whether or not an absentee ballot had been cast. All in all though, it was a smooth process.
I was not allowed to use my camera inside the polling station itself, and while I understood, it was unfortunate. There were some good images to be made of people looking over their ballots as they waited in line and they placed their ballots in the machine.
On the way out I was told I could only make photos from 100 feet away, so I made one parting shot of voters in line as the rain was lightly falling.Follow @nomadruss
Long lines! Nice! Did people look at you funny when you were taking pictures of their shoes? ~FK
No, I think they preferred pictures of their shoes over pictures of their faces. I thought their shoes told a story of the neighborhood.
So true. One of my favorite shots.
I do think that one tells a good story, but my favorite would probably have to be Mikearus in his mother’s arms at the door…
Really great idea and shots – shows every day people really trying to make Democracy work.
I like how raw these pictures are. The weather really adds to them too and I think that your idea of shoes over faces is a great idea. It allows the viewers the chance to create their own idea and really adds to the working class theme.
appreciate the comments!
What a great topic! I especially like the pic with the wide-eyed child.
that kid was great, his name is mikearius.
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