Campaign trail fun with Instagram: Photographer shares visual journal
Since buying an iPhone 4S in January 2012, I’ve been keeping a compact visual campaign journal by building black and white photographic diptychs and posting them to Instagram. While working the story with my DSLR cameras, I also quickly sweep up dozens of images into the phone, grabbing whatever catches my eye, whether it’s part of the main action or away from the spotlight.
I grab images of my fellow journalists, the crowds of supporters and critics, the stage construction crews, the campaign volunteers and the unusual periphery that surrounds a major political campaign.
Later, while riding in the bus, van or plane to the next event, I scan the pictures and look for meaning, mystery or just plain aesthetic pleasure. With a handful of really sophisticated and useful apps, I can compare and contrast, build a narrative or break down a political rally into parts and pieces, all inside of my iPhone. Then, using Instagram, I share the diptych with hundreds of people who follow my feed.
Editor’s note: After working for eight years at newspapers across the United States, Chip Somodevilla moved to Washington, DC, in 2005. Since he began working in the nation’s capital, his images of politics and protest have appeared in major publications around the world. He’s won awards in the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism, Pictures of the Year International and the White House News Photographers Association, where he was awarded Political Photo of the Year in 2006 and was named Photographer of the Year in 2010. He is now covering his second U.S. presidential race. Follom him on Instagram @somophoto.