The Windy City, The Second City, a City that Works. Say those things around anyone that is from there and they’ll tell you that Chicago simply is America’s City. On the night of US presidential election results, Chicago was on the world’s stage once again as Barack Obama, number forty four, was back home to seal a W in his hometown again.
I happened to be there on the streets with a couple of cameras and an iPhone. I hit the streets early starting my day off at the Hope Athletic Centre, where The President squeezed in a game of basketball with former Bull and 6 time NBA champion, Scottie Pippen. Whenever the President’s in town there’s definitely a lot going on. Four years ago a crowd of 250,000 people gathered in Grant Park; this time it was a different story. A more intimate story, with a smaller crowd, on the rainy cold streets of the city of Chicago.
In most cities, voting is looked upon as a right; it’s a duty. In Chicago voting is a sport. I walked all around the city with one thing on my mind; I wanted to do Chicago justice in my photos. I wanted to capture what the night felt like; the weather, the temperature, the President of the United States of America, the streets. It’s the kind of stuff you can’t write up in a screenplay; stuff that wasn’t meant for newspapers; the real stuff, the good stuff. Walking around; talking to people; having a stranger cry on my shoulder and kiss me on the cheek while telling me that she loved me, made me realize that I was witnessing America at a big time moment. This was America’s City, this was Chicago; a city that rose up from a fire to provide light to the World. This is a Chicago Story ~ “Election Night 2012″.
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