On the weekend of March 19th I had spent more than 16 hours grading student work. On Sunday March 20th I received an email notification that former president Bill Clinton would be at SFCC and that major parking lots were going to be blocked. I decided that it was probably a good idea to avoid campus and decided to go skiing with my son who had the day off from work for a change. When I awoke on Monday the 21st, I had a weird feeling like I may get a call to photograph the event. At 6:30am I called my son and told him that I didn't think it was a good idea for me to leave town that day. Sure enough at 8am I got a text message (because nobody actually calls anyone anymore!) telling me that that I was on the list of media who would be allowed in to photograph the president. This one message sent me into high gear making sure batteries were charged, media cards were formatted, and shooting vest repacked. You only get one shot at something like this!
Like most media events it was a hurry up and wait game. I had two hours to kill waiting for the president's arrival. I decided to photograph some of the preparation and security that goes into these events. I remembered a great video by former Whitehouse photographer Christopher Morris where he talks about how to make interesting photographs when you are photographing the same subject everyday for four years!
At the last minute I decided to stick a digital recorder in my shirt pocket and run a microphone cable to it. This is what I put together from that day.