Sunday, January 25, 2009


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One week ago I asked Readers to take a photograph as they watched Barack Obama take the oath of office to become the 44th President of the United States. Pictures came in starting Tuesday afternoon by ones and twos and threes. From Austin, to Amsterdam, to Adelaide the equivalent of !2:00 noon Eastern Time was captured. I chose to layer the images of the video screens one on top of the next resulting in a burned composite. I surrounded it with the images of watching or listening or simply place. The text at the bottom are the words spoken (before concern led to a re-taking of the oath on Wednesday). I wasn't able to be in Washington D.C. but from this collaboration I am able to feel part of a communal experience on that historic day. I am very intrigued by the man in the background with the camera. It is as if he were taking our picture, as if his camera did not stop at what was before it and continued through to all of our faces.

I am very grateful to each person who participated. Send me an email if you are interested in seeing this put together as a 'zine.


  1. Thanks Mel for putting this together. My kids kept asking me why I was getting up at 3.00am. "To witness history"; I kept saying...

  2. Oh; forgot to add; that disembodied head over Obama's right shoulder is really spooky. Who is he? Balding, glasses, (grey scarf to hide his alien skin perhaps??!!)

  3. Frankly, I would love to see it as a 'zine. I was so excited to be included with Zoe, who is one of my new heros!


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