Like seemingly every other photographer in 2008, I covered at least a piece of presidential election campaign. But I found myself drawn more to the sidelines than to the spotlight. I photographed the candidates, of course, and delivered the obligatory photos of them on stage, shaking hands, speechifying, whatever. Yet the stage management quickly grew tiresome. Real life was around the edges — the quirky passion in the cheering crowds, the bands of protesters, the media crush, the traffic jams, the onlookers, both curious and oblivious. All the world a stage, yes?

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