Primary Journals

My laptop is on the verge of death. In an attempt to save what amounts to the last four years of my life, I am making the slow and painful transfer of my files over to my husband’s way better Mac. While doing this work, I came across some of the photos I took during the 2008 presidential primary race and knew I had to post them. At that time, I worked for Campaigns and Elections Magazine running one of its start-up news blogs. Mine was about New Hampshire politics. I did all the coverage, took my own photos, posted all the supporting material on the site, including calendars, links, other news. These shots I took with a tiny, kind of crappy point-and-shoot.

Taken in August 2007, this is one of the best shots I snagged during the entire campaign. I was sitting in the Executive Council chambers at the New Hampshire State House waiting for New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner to join then South Carolina GOP Chairman Katon Dawson to announce the South Carolina Republican Primary would be held on January 19. It was classic political theater. Dawson wanted to show respect for New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation status, but at the same time announced a date so early that New Hampshire would have to hold its primary before Jan. 12 (this timing being required by law of course).

Here, Dawson is at the podium, Gardner is on the right and Portsmouth state Rep. Jim Splaine, the guy who wrote before mentioned state primary law, is on the left. Seated on the right closest to the podium is New Hampshire Union Leader senior political reporter John DiStaso and to the right of him is the Union Leader chief State House reporter, Tom Fahey.

Not wanting to miss his announcement (or lose my seat) I was nervous about getting up to grab a shot. Instead, I put the camera in the center of the long, glass-topped conference table and clicked this shot on the first try. Continue reading