By Sara Hunt, Bloomington Center
Friday afternoon I arrived home rather tired from the week at work and would have been content to settle in for the evening. In fact, I was taking a rather peaceful nap when my daughter woke me up and did her best to convince me to get up and go to the library with her; she finally prevailed.
One of my hobbies is street photography and as an afterthought I went back into the apartment and grabbed my camera-nice weather coupled with the events around Little Five almost guaranteed a few good opportunities to shoot.
When we got downtown, My daughter headed into the library and I headed to the Pourhouse Café to grab a much-needed cup of coffee. A few moments later my cell phone rang and I decided to step outside and take the call. I was sitting on the wall on Kirkwood-near the Laughing Planet Burrito Shop and I immediately noticed Indiana State Police and a large number of city police on motorcycle and on foot. Even with Little Five events and parties going on, it seemed rather excessive and piqued my interest straight away.
I then noticed the almost robotic men in nondescript black suits with earpieces. I immediately recalled the article which appeared in the Bloomington newspaper late last week citing that the Secret Service had contacted BPD about a potential Obama stop in Bloomington. I knew I was getting ready to observe an unscheduled campaign stop and thanked my lucky stars that I’d had the good sense to grab my camera.
A few moments later, two large buses pulled up and Obama stepped out. I couldn’t have possibly been in a better location in Bloomington to afford me the ability to encapsulate this event within a few photos on Friday thanks to the serendipitous combination of my daughters insistence about a trip to the library and my best friend’s phone call. I thought I’d share what I was able to grab, it all happened so quickly and my camera settings were unchanged from the last time I’d shot with my aperture set for close-up portraiture-there was no time for fumbling around with settings-I’m lucky I was able to get what I did.
For the sake of balance, I would of course have shot and shared these photos if Clinton or McCain were walking past me in downtown Bloomington.