Freelance photographers got together in Iowa to cover the events leading up to the caucuses and the 2008 election. These photographers post one picture per day on their website, offering viewers a close-up of the campaign trail.
The name of the website is TheStumpingGrounds.com. The landing page describes this photo blog as the work of “four unbiased freelance photographers,” although more than four have now contributed to the collection.
It is a photo documentary of campaigning in Iowa, adding one photo each day to give a glimpse of life on the campaign trail for candidates and their supporters in the lead up to the election. Some photos are so up close and personal that they almost give one the sense of being there.
The self-proclaimed unbiased photographers add no text or commentary to their images, allowing the viewer to take what he or she will from each one.
There are people holding signs, or sporting campaign stickers and buttons, including tiny tots. There are behind the scenes shots, views of the Secret Service, serious to lighthearted moments, and much more. From silhouettes, to black and white shots and full color photos, they tell stories of people and events, without a word being printed.
In fact, photos can be framed in such a way that they say more than mere words, such as these examples, featuring Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani.
Don’t feel too badly for Senator Clinton. Despite a few less than flattering images, she received the lion’s share of positive coverage.
Speaking of positive coverage, Barrack Obama seems to be enjoying himself in this image, and here, a Ron Paul supporter holds a campaign sign bearing the message, “Hope for America” and is backed by a rainbow, the very symbol of hope.
The photo blog certainly adds another dimension to campaign coverage, so if you’re tired of the typical, take a look.