BRUNSWICK – As the Nov. 8 referendum approaches, camera crews and photographers from media outlets around the state are gearing up for another exciting day of taking pictures of people’s legs.
“It’s important that we bring our readers right to the action – to show them what voting actually looks like, at least from the waist down,” said Brunswick Times-Record photographer Troy Bennett. “Not everyone is built for getting right in the middle of the action like this, but I can’t imagine doing something else.”
In addition to sacrificing their personal safety for the public’s “right-to-know,” photojournalists are not afraid to make aesthetic statements, expanding the boundaries of their field with artistic camera angles or lighting while they capture democracy’s most indelible moments.
“It’s a responsibility and a privilege,” said Bennett. “If I can go home at the end of the day knowing that I showed people that voting did, in fact, take place when everyone said it would, just as it has for the last 220 consecutive years, I get goosebumps.”
“These incredible men and women,” stated Bowdoin College journalism professor George L. Stamkos, “document the fact that fat people vote alongside skinny people; that more than 50% of us wear blue jeans; that a government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not function without gaudy red-white-and-blue curtains. Their work shall remain immortal with history.”