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“i went to the mall just to be there. i was hanging out with friends and shooting some pictures, just documenting the moment for myself. the energy was incredible. i talked to strangers from all over. they shared their joy. they told me they love my city. they talked about hope. they talked about this change in America like people talk about their salvation. this is a religious experience. from the moments before Obama came out, through the swearing in and his speech this amazing thing happened, i noticed all of these people sharing this common gesture. they were raising their hand to shield their eyes from the midday sun as they tried to catch a glimpse of him on the jumbotrons. it reminded me of other religious gestures. to them this was what they had been waiting for, this was the second coming. on this day at this moment, the faithful raised a hand to shield their gaze and witnessed a majestic moment. i’m not a believer, but i know this is what my city needs right now. i feel blessed to have been there.”
See more images from the inauguration crowd on Holloway’s blog.
Photo by Roger Snider. Snider has been photographing custom big rigs since 2005, when he began shooting stills for the documentary film “Big Rig.” He is currently working on a book project shooting amazing trucks all over the world. He writes:
“This was shot in Aichi Japan at a Truck Show for kids May 5 during the end of ‘Golden Week’ last year. The man pictured here is the owner of the truck which is a customized refrigerated delivery truck. He put about $100K American into getting it just right. It’s actually pouring down rain (you can see the rain drops in the foggy area on the right side of the image) and I am holding an umbrella over my Mark II while shooting this 8 sec exposure…. Aichi is a small farm town in the middle of nowhere, but 300 of these ‘Art Trucks’ from various truck clubs showed up to help fund-raise for less fortunate kids.”
See more of Snider’s photos of Japanese Art Trucks here.
Terry Heffernan’s “Montana Heads” series, from organic found objects.
“Southside Nazarene is an evangelical Christian church located in Midlothian, Virginia. I photographed a church service for Newsweek on January 11, 2009. This picture is of the church choir during a Sunday service.
One of the most incredible things about being a photographer is bearing witness to all types of events and lives. This has changed me and the connection I feel with the world. In this picture you see a woman being transformed by her own faith. There have been times when I’ve seen other things like this and haven’t been as lucky to get it on film. They are the moments that remain ingrained in my mind and remind me of how lucky I am to have seen the things I have. They are what keep me taking pictures.”
Photograph by Lauren Fleishman.