Some Story That We Heard When No One Else Was Listening

What a day! Today, the president of the United States visited my home town. It has been 103 years since a sitting president has visited Lawrence, KS. He arrived in town last night, staying at the Holiday Inn right off Interstate 70. This also happens to be .8 miles away from my house. This morning, after dropping our daughter off at daycare, the wife and I drove by the hotel, as it is a part of our normal commute. WOW! I have never seen so many motorcycles and black cadillacs in one place before! Of course, the parking lot was blocked off and well guarded. A couple hours later, my wife IM’ed me at work, saying he watched the motorcade leave the hotel and took 15 minutes to drive past her work. Needless to say, the town was abuzz today. There were Barak Chalk t-shirts and Obama burgers. Everyone was talking about it at work. The president visited the Community Children’s Center, established in 1965, which was one of the first Head Start programs in the country. Around 11:25, the president took the stage set up on the campus of Kansas University to give a 30 minute speech, emphasizing what he said during his State of the Union address just two days prior. After his speech, he promptly got in his car and drove back to Air Force One, which was sitting in Topeka, KS, just 30 miles down the interstate. And like that, the hussle and bussle ended, leaving the city to cool down on it’s own terms.

What made this visit so special for me today, was that back in the summer of 2008, a good friend of mine, +Elliot Rogers and I volunteered our time at a local music and camping festival. We walked throughout the 20,000+ people campgrounds, registering people to vote, as a part of the Head Start campaign. We also volunteered the for the Douglas County, KS, Democratic Party, making phone calls on behalf of the party. To us, this man, Barack Obama, seemed like someone who was actually for the general public and not the upper one percent. To us, it wasn’t about who you voted for, but that you went out and voted. All of those hours paid off by being able to watch a live stream of the president speak at the university just down the block from my house.

Today’s photo is sort of opposite of all of the business and commotion of a visiting president. It is entitled, "Some Story That We Heard When No One Else Was Listening." Yeah, kinda long, I know. It is from a Big Head Todd and the Monsters song, called "I Will Carry." To me, this photo makes me think of someplace quiet, someplace far away from a busy town. Someplace only a few people know or care about. In all honesty, this location is right off one of the main streets in Lawrence, so it’s really not out of the way, at all. Through the magic of post-processing, I’ve tried to create that sort of feeling. This photo is a composition of three photos, tonemapped with Photomatix and then corrected and styled in Lightroom. If you’ve actually read this far, thanks!

Body: Canon Rebel XS EOS 1000D
Lens: Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Zoom
F-Stop: f/9
Exposure: .6 sec
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 18mm

Lawrence, KS – 2014

"Some Story That We Heard When No One Else Was Listening" by Denny Weinmann, published 2015-1-22 on dennyweinmann.com. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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