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January 31, 2012

A Unique Angle on the Gingrich Follicles As They Slowly Slip Away – Photo by Jason Andrew

Jason Andrew’s photo of Newt and Callista in South Carolina spoke to us for a number of reasons. First of all, with Newt’s quixotic campaign apparently taking a haircut in the crucial Florida primary, we could say this scene (note the moving truck) shows the couple literally slipping away.

And then, like a baby bird and the alpha bird, there is the presentation of the Newt-Callista, or Callista-Newt, as the single inseparable organism they presented from day one.

Most prominently, however, Jason scales the couple to their signature element(s), characterized by the prodigious and snowy coiffure’s each possess. More specifically, the photo offers a wonderful depiction of the campaign’s central operating unit, a view that not only trumps, but transcends “the famous swoop.”  Of course, whereas the cynical among you might only see the white circle enveloping Callista’s summit as a pin cushion; the reverse side of Star Wars storm trooper helmet, or simply the perfect void, others (aware, perhaps, with Gingrich’s love of space) would see this orb more affectionately (as he descends back into Consultant-land) as Newt’s full moon.

PHOTOGRAPH by Jason Andrew.

About the Photographer

Jason Andrew

Jason Andrew is an American photojournalist born in Alameda, CA. he graduated from San Diego State University in 2001 with a B.A. in History before teaching elementary school for a couple of years. In 2006, he moved to New York City to attend the International Center of Photography Documentary & Photojournalism program where he was the recipient of the Sandy Lugar Scholarship. In 2012 Jason was a finalist for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award and won 1st Place in the PGB photo Awards for his project Football's Lost Boys, documenting the lives of abandoned African footballers living in Turkey. This work was also screened at Les Recontres D'Arles. Jason is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. See more of Jason's work for BagNews here.

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