As this is being
written there's been an election but no winner. This is a good thing.
Good for all those photographers in Washington, Austin and various
places in Florida. The longer the debate goes on over hanging chads
and butterfly ballots the more overtime gets worked and the more
day rates get assigned. It isn't going to be as good as "The Year
Of Monica" but to every photographer starting to complain about
the long days staking out the Vice Presidents residence or the courthouse
in Tallahassee I say Stop Yer Whining And Thank Who-Or Whatever-You-Worship
For The Work because when things settle down you'll be wishing you
were back in Austin dreading another mindless wave from George W.
George W? AL?
I've got a bone to pick with you both. My employer sent me to Nashville
for election night. I got into town on the previous Saturday, checked
into a hotel and started dealing with the lab we'd booked (Chromatics
in Nashville. great work, great people, highly recommended) to make
sure that film would be developed, computers arranged, lines dropped,
scanners working and so and so on. On Sunday one of our photographers
arrived with three, count 'em three assistants and a plane load
of lighting equipment because he was going to set up strobes all
over the plaza for a cover photo of superb quality. Days were spent
climbing rigs and hanging off of roofs. Tests were shot, developed,
transmitted. Everything was working well and Tuesday looked like
it was going to be easy. Hectic perhaps, but easy. And we weren't
alone. My mag had a similar set-up in Austin. The wires had set
up wireless networks (isn't THAT strange) and satellite dishes to
get pictures out quickly. Digital cameras were all around.
Then came the
waiting. And more waiting. At first it was a decent evening (in
Nashville anyway) but as the sky grew darker the clouds began to
roll in. Then the rain started. And the photographers got soaked.....
For hours..... But they endured it all because at the end of the
night they'd get a picture that might be a cover, or a front page,
or a double truck inside. That's the sort of thing that would make
it all worth while.
Ha! After 8 hours of waiting the photographers in Nashville got
some beautiful pictures of....William Daley. In Austin, where the
weather was worse, the shooters got some campaign guy saying "We're
really sorry but there's no winner yet."
What about OUR
needs? Couldn't the principles have had the decency to come out,
face the cameras and say IN PERSON that the election wasn't over?
How about inviting everyone back to the hotel for hot chocolate?
Ship in a few doughnuts perhaps.
I'm angry at
both of them for not "allowing" themselves to be photographed. There
were no covers or front pages worthy of a portfolio. Nothing you
could show to and in-law to justify your marriage to their precious-little-girl.
a decision we are going to have to talk with these guys .....
The opinions expressed are barely my own much less my employer's
so don't blame Time Magazine, Time Inc. or Time-Warner for anything
written here. What with all the money we've spent on election coverage
it'll be amazing if we have a Christmas party this year.