The energy! Hundreds of thousands of happy people. It is just so amazing to see so many people coming together for our country. Barack Obama won the 2008 election and will be the next President of the United States! Happiness is abounding everywhere. Chicago has been home to many celebrations.
Chicago has seen happy people celebrate sports championships.
Chicago has seen happy people enjoy mega-large music concerts.
Chicago has seen one million happy people enjoy the July 3rd fireworks every year.
The happiness on November 4, 2008 from Barack Obama winning the Presidential election is different from any world championships, music concerts, and fireworks.
It is a happiness that is significant. Is is a happiness about that things WILL change. Lives WILL be impacted. And the people of Chicago in Grant Park know that.
Selected photos I took this night of the celebration
(I also shot video that night. 4-minute compilation video available).
Photographers were everywhere tonight. They reach up high, trying to get a good shot. I had an even higher reach with my tripod. 🙂 With my camera attached to the top of the tripod, I raised the camera up, holding the feet of the tripod. This gave me an extra five feet above everyone else. (Flickr)
Oceans of people watching the giant video screens. (Flickr)
The giant video screen says, “Barack Obama elected president in projection” (Flickr)
Wooo! These people are EXCITED! They are front-line viewers for one of the video screens. Obama is giving his acceptance speech here. (Flickr)
Someone else was taking a picture of this girl on her dad’s shoulders. But I sneaked in the shot. I like how she’s looking over at me taking the photo. Her handwritten sign says “OBAMA OBAMA”.
It’s also nice how the “USA” is visible on the Blue Cross Blue Shield Building.
My brother shared this insight, “I was surprised to see as many kids as I did for the rally. It was great seeing parents instill that civic pride into their children’s lives. That’s one of the things that makes Barack Obama great.” (Flickr)
Barack Obama gives his acceptance speech. Hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans watch several video screens. I love the American flag on the CNA building, and the beacon of light coming out the Metropolitan Tower. (Flickr)
I enjoy the dramatic feel of this photo with light shooting off into the sky. This photo was featured on the Chicagoist site.
The super white blob on the left is a video screen showing the tv election coverage.
This photo was captured with a long exposure on my tripod. It was well worth bringing my tripod. Chicago just completely rocks. They did an INCREDIBLE job putting up all those jumbotrons. And then the wonderful architecture in the background with the flag, and the beacon of light, bringing hope to the future.
I am so proud that our city was being watched by the world this night. (Flickr)
A large painting of Barack Obama by Alejandro J. Trevino (Alex), painted while studying at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. (Flickr)
I like the action and excitement in this photo. (Flickr)
The camera guy filing the banner is smiling. Everyone I encountered downtown was happy and filled with joy. (Flickr)
Barack Obama won the election, and the people in Grant Park didn’t want to go home. There was this family standing on a median on Michigan Avenue that was just overly delighted to have all these people taking their pictures. They stood there for at least ten minutes while people came up and snapped their shots. Here’s mine. (Flickr)
After Barack Obama’s acceptance speech, the people in Grant Park didn’t want to leave. We celebrated on the streets of Chicago. Here we are on Michigan Avenue in front of the Art Institute of Chicago.
This is an HDR shot from several exposures. I like how it gives the feel of people walking by. It was really nice how someone just happened to be walking by with a huge American flag as I was composing this shot.
My brother commented on this photo, “And you got the fella wearing the “YES WE CAN” shirt as well. Excellent representation of the evening’s excitement. Michigan Ave was packed all the way back to Randolph Ave. Chicago loves Obama. American loves Obama. The world loves Obama. When was the last time we could say that about a President-elect. Obama is a unique character in our country’s history.”
And my friend Cathie Beth commented, “Very deeply emotional. With the ‘ghost like’ people in there it represents everyone… a bit of them at least. The American Flag was a great capture as was the t-shirt stating yes we can. It is truly of the moment, but also of the history and a bit since 1776 when independence was granted. It really reminds me with the ‘ghost like’ people there of everyone who’s come and gone before us, who is here today, and fragments of who’ll be here tomorrow to what is so important today. Very moving and very wonderful.” (Flickr)
That night I also recorded video in between my photographing. I took 15 short clips and compiled them into one four-minute video.