Mitt Romney’s Concession Speech

Romney’s Headquarters – Presidential Election Night Nov. 7, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave his concession speech to a crowd of supporters at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on election night on November 7, 2012. President Obama was re-elected to a second term. (Photo by Essdras M Suarez/ Boston Globe)

Behind the Scene:

On this night I was assigned to cover Romney’s headquarters for the celebration or concession speech.

One of our deputy photo directors is perhaps the most adroit person I’ve ever seen when it comes to planning logistics. He spent many hours securing spots for the Boston Globe including the coveted position of “protective pool” putting me right below the main podium. This area was the buffer zone between Romney and his supporters.

This year was the strangest election I’ve ever covered as far as restrictions on the media. Besides charging media outlets exorbitant fees of thousands of dollars for the “privilege” of covering the event, the limitations put on members of the media as far as movement around the floor were by far the most draconian any of us had ever experienced.

If you left your position to try to get a photo of people mingling about on the floor within 30 seconds you had someone tapping you on the shoulder asking you to go back to your assigned position. And because my position only had relevance at the very end of the night, I was told to stay on the raiser in the back, about 75′ feet away from the podium amidst the forest of TV cameras and stand up news presenters where the Globe had a couple of spots.

This was not going to work since once they started transmitting you couldn’t really move. So I was forced to be on the move on the fringes of the floor all night long until I got the call to come to the front where I finally got to make some images. But even now you wouldn’t know I was ever there by looking at today’s paper or in our website since there are no photos of mine.

I was once more reminded that as a photojournalist I don’t have control of decisions editors make and that I can always just try to do my best and make the best images I can and perhaps someone might one day get to see these.

Tech Stuff: 2 Camera bodies: Canon Mark IV, Nikon D3s. Two lenses Canon 16-35mm 2.8 and Nikon 70- 200mm 2.8