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August 12, 2011

The Picture from Iowa, 2012: Ron Paul — As Normal as Deep Fried Butter

This is the eight post in our series, The Picture from Iowa, 2012 based on photos and on-the-ground conversations with photographer Brendan Hoffman leading up to the Ames Straw Poll, combined with analysis by The Bag.


Brendan didn’t think the two laughing campaign operatives were interacting with Paul. Apparently, the explanation is that Paul sometimes “goes into a zone” before he speaks to an audience.  Otherwise, I’d imagine some clinician out there looking at this and thinking “Aspergers.”  On the other hand, to the extent this gives Paul a bit of a pious cast, it’s makes him as normal, right now, as deep fried butter. Paul, by the way, is predicted to show well tomorrow.

PHOTOGRAPHS by Brendan Hoffman/Prime Collective. Campaign Tumblr Site.

Follow all the posts in this series at: The Picture from Iowa, 2012.

(photo: Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul campaigns on Monday, July 25, 2011 in Cedar Rapids, IA.)

About the Photographer

Brendan Hoffman

Brendan Hoffman (b. Albany, NY, 1980) is a photographer based in Washington, DC. He began his career in 2007 after working at a desk for several years in the non-profit sector. He divides his time between client and personal work. Assignments often involve covering news and politics for publications such as TIME magazine or the New York Times. His personal projects reflect his interest in the ways in which economic and political structures shape modern society. His ongoing project “Stand the Middle Ground” is an exploration of contemporary middle class America in the context of free trade and the decline of manufacturing in a small Iowa town. Brendan has received awards for his photography from Pictures of the Year International, the White House News Photographers Association, and other organizations. He has worked in a variety of countries for both editorial and NGO clients, and is a co-founder of Prime. See more of Brendan's work for BagNews here.

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