Two Bernie Sanders Events in Two Days – by Nic Coury

Nic Coury

 

Nic Coury is a photojournalist based in Monterey, Calif. He has had work published in Sports Illustrated, Cycle World and Bicycling magazines, and has shot commercial jobs for Specialized Bicycles, Ferrari and Bugatti. He also covers crime for a local newspaper. In his free time, he drinks too many espressos and wins mustache competitions.

Sen. Bernie Sanders pumps his fist in the air after speaking at a rally of thousands at Colton Hall in Monterey, Calif. on May 31, 2016.

Sen. Bernie Sanders pumps his fist in the air after speaking at a rally of thousands at Colton Hall in Monterey, Calif. on May 31, 2016.

I may have had my national political press fill in this last week, but I really enjoyed it. Although I’m exhausted.

In the span of less than 24 hours, I covered two Bernie Sanders campaign stops in California when the Vermont senator rallied thousands of supporters in Monterey, Calif. on May 31 and spoke out against fracking in a much smaller press conference on June 1. This was all one week after covering a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton in Salinas.

Sanders supporters definitely have a lot of energy as does Sander himself, which makes for plenty of visual options. The trick, however, with thousands of photos of Sanders and other large media events, is trying to find different and interesting photos that tell a story.

I would love to work on the traveling press circuit as I enjoy the energy of politics and it would be a fun challenge to find new photos every day.

As primarily a local guy, it was great to meet and work next to some of the big league photogs and watch them work and trade stories. I have always loved the comradery of journalists in the field. It’s definitely a great world to be involved in.

Sanders speaks to supporters in Monterey.

Sanders speaks to supporters in Monterey.

Wes White of Salinas, Calif. shows his support for Sanders during the rally.

Wes White of Salinas, Calif. shows his support for Sanders during the rally.

Sanders spoke for just under an hour in Monterey.

Sanders spoke for just under an hour in Monterey.

Sanders supporters watch the speech from the top of the Colton Hall steps.

Sanders supporters watch the speech from the top of the Colton Hall steps.

An estimated 7,800 people attended the Monterey.

An estimated 7,800 people attended the rally in Monterey.

Two young men show their support for Sanders.

Two young men show their support for Sanders.

Sanders shakes hands with supporters after the rally.

Sanders shakes hands with supporters after the rally.

Speaking alongside anti-fracking activists, Bernie Sanders speaks at a press conference outside of the Veterans Memorial Building in Spreckels, Calif. on June 1, 2016.

Speaking alongside anti-fracking activists, Bernie Sanders speaks at a press conference outside of the Veterans Memorial Building in Spreckels, Calif. on June 1, 2016.

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