On December 6, I had the wonderful opportunity to shadow Prince George’s County Executive-Elect Rushern Baker III and document him during his inauguration day. As you loyal checkers-out (fabricated word combination) of my blog know, I did a series of these type of documentary projects called 8to8 with a few people in the Washington D.C. community. Well this time, I was actually hired to channel my inner Pete Souza.
Access is an amazing thing. Politicians often have two (or more!) personae, one for when the red light is on and another for the everyday living of being a public figure. With the latter, there are moments when they can let their guard down but are still aware that blunder-capturing technology might be lurking. I was fortunate enough to be behind the scenes during family and isolated moments and tasked with the challenge or preserving this memorable night. The great thing about this very long assignment (7am - 1am) is that I became more invisible to the subject as the day wore on.
December 6, 2010 is mostly a blur now but there is one thing that I vividly remember. At one point I found myself in the “green room” with the new County Executive and his security detail watching the Jets v. Patriots on Monday Night Football. Pretty Cool.
Shout out to the Canon 50mm 1.2 that kept me in the game. And shout out to Charles Matthews and Dave Patterson over at RH Media Group for the awesome assignment.