Republican National Convention 2012 Walkthrough
Tampa is super-humid. This is what happens to your lenses when you leave the air conditioned comfort.
The Republican National Convention 2012 is going down this week in Tampa, and I’m shooting it with the Politico photo team Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. The following photos area linear account from the Walkthrough we made on Sunday. In this group of images I looked for color, nuance, subtlety, quirk, and an entertaining quality of “off-ness.”
Oh. and it was wet. Hurricane Isaac was threatening to crash the Grand Ol’ Partaaay! For some reason I’m picturing a black bandana fastened around Isaac’s huge funnel.
I’m really excited to be shooting the RNC. It’s the first “big game” I’ve ever shot. One of the negative aspects of working as a community photojournalist for so long is that I’m not tested. The people who might hire me for work like this don’t really know if I’m able to hack it in these fast paced “Theaters.” I’ve never covered anything that has this kind of international significance. …unless you count making a portrait of Alex Ovechkin.
Before entering the Tampa Convention Center, photographers have to make a frame and show security that no, in fact, it is a camera, and not a gun. …with that said, the security members have been nothing but professional and friendly!
There are patriotic-colored lights lining the covered air conditioned tent leading the way from the Tampa Bay Convention Center to the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
American flags and the Tampa Lightning Sculpture outside the Tampa Bay Time Forum.
A chef outside the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
A couple of downed balloons and some chairs.
Everyone’s making pictures with their phones. …me included.
My instagram handle is @mattrothphoto in case you were curious.
Testing Testing. The media positions aren’t the greatest this year. The stage is a bit too high. Hope y’all like up the nose photos.
A woman stands by the Phil Esposito Statue in front of the Tampa Bay Times Forum entrance Sunday, August 26, 2012.
Soldiers walk in formation underneath the Selmon Expressway Sunday, August 26, 2012. Security is beefed up for the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
A Brevard County Sherriff’s car sits underneath the Selmon Expressway two days before the Republican National Convention Sunday, August 26, 2012.
Police stand outside the U.S. Post Office on Ashley Street in Tampa, Florida Sunday, August 26, 2012, two days before the start of the 2012 Republican National Convention.