I am a radical moderate. In fact I am register independent for years. I can’t remember when I was last affiliated with one party or the other. However, photographing the convention at Murray High School for the Salt Lake County Democrats showed me a side of politics I have really never witnessed. I really haven’t been the person to walk door to door asking for people to vote for a candidate. I hate going door to door.
The people who become delegates at conventions are hardcore, for whatever party they are respresenting. They know their beliefs and they like their people. It really becomes a team sport atmosphere. People will vote for their party because that is their team. It is really fun to watch.
This convention was important because they big job they were looking to fill was Salt Lake County Mayor. Ben McAdams eventually defeated Ross Romero to become the candidate.
I know that I have attended a lot of political protests, I might have to look at becoming more involved politically. It was rather fun, even if I was just the photographer. Capturing history and change is a lot of fun.
I can only imagine that these kind of conventions have been happening for a few hundred years now in the United States. Grass root politics begins locally, and in many cases stays locally. I suppose photographing events like this really is photographing history.