I can remember being excited about casting my vote for the presidential election for the very first time. It was 1992 and the candidates were Bill Clinton and H.W. Bush. To be honest, I was not really engaged in politics at the time. I just knew I was supposed to vote. You might ask, if I was not engaged in politics, how did I know who to vote for? Well, I didn’t. I simply voted for the person my parents did. That was all I needed to know. Since that first presidential election, I’ve become more engaged in politics. Over those years, I’ve voted on both sides of the aisle. I could care less about skin color, gender or a candidate’s religion. I simply vote for the person I think will be the best man or woman for the job.
Whether you love Donald Trump or hate him, it can’t be denied that these are some interesting times in American politics. Since the election of Donald Trump, I’ve covered many political events. It doesn’t matter if it is a liberal, conservative, democrat or a republican event, I cover them all. I believe it is important to document things for future generations to see and to study. How you interpret such documentation is up to you. My job is to simply capture the moment the best way I know how. Sadly, a lot of activist journalist hide behind the badge of true journalism. News organizations used to be the watch dog for the people, not any more.
That leads me to this post. I heard about the Stop the Steal rallies, but I was not that interested. I guess you could say I had election fatigue. I’ve been shielding myself from the daily bombardment of election coverage by spending more time viewing God’s creations through the lens of my camera. This break from the daily news cycle has been great. On the other hand, I have a strong passion for street and documentary photography. The dispatcher, my wife, convinced me to cover this event. I call her the dispatcher because she keeps me informed on potential events I might want to shoot. With some available time and beautiful autumn weather, I decided not to pass up the opportunity.
I had a fun time! I met some great people. The atmosphere was serious, but fun and uplifting. There were the occasional detractors who drove by with the one finger salute, but that is to be expected. To my knowledge, there were no issues of violence before, during or after the event, another good example of a peaceful protest. I hope you have enjoyed the photos. I will leave you with a list of links to other political events I’ve covered. Check them out! I would love to hear your thoughts. Like and Follow me on Facebook at Shuttering Thru Life and follow me on Instagram. Thanks for taking the time to read my post!