Sunday, August 24, 2008

DNC Coverage: The American Presidential Experience

On Friday, I covered my first Democratic National Convention event -- "The American Presidential Experience" traveling exhibit running at Invesco Field at Mile High. The exhibit was an opportunity for Colorado residents to indulge in some nonpartisan fun before the Dems took over Denver.

I took the above picture of Josh Widoff teaching his daughter Molly, 7, how to cast a vote at an interactive station in the exhibit. I like the intimacy of the image showcasing this father-daughter relationship as well as capturing a "teaching moment" where Widoff said he wanted Molly to be a part of a decision-making process where her thoughts and ideas counted.

Following a brief ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and other dignitaries, the local media got a first peek into the exhibit before it opened to the public. Special features included one of the 25 original copies of the Declaration of Independence, a full-size replica of an Air Force One fuselage used by Kerry Edwards, and an Oval Office circa Ronald Reagan, rare political memorabilia and fun peeks inside the lives of the nation's most influential leader.

It was more difficult than I thought trying to do the double duty part of writing notes and interviewing people while trying to get their picture for the paper at the same time. Today will be even more difficult as I troll around downtown with two cameras on me, one with a 70-200 2.8 fitted lense and the other with a 16-35 2.8, so I can quickly move from a wide angle to the zoom without any interruptions.

Here are some shots of Denver Councilman Michael Hancock purchasing some Barack Obama buttons.

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