Sunday, May 24, 2015

Metaphors A Coming

Mid term elections

Metaphors A Coming

The Inquirer's chief political writer Thomas Fitzgerald, in a story in Sunday's paper, warns big metaphors are a coming - "...waves, tsunamis, earthquakes, landslides. Or hurricanes."

He says analysts predict Election Day will be a historic bloodbath for Democrats as Republicans could get as many as 65 new seats in the U.S. House tomorrow - and they only need 39 to take control there.

Unfortunately, just like during the Phillies playoffs, I haven't had many first hand opportunities for coverage of this historic event. A single rally and two candidate "meet and greets" were all I got to photograph.

But, like all Americans should, I will be sure to vote.

*Editor's note: All photos and text designed to be partisan politics neutral.

Inquirer Staff Photographer
About this blog

Tom Gralish is a general assignment photographer at The Inquirer, concentrating on local news and self-generated feature photos.

He has been at the paper since 1983, photographing everything from revolution in the Philippines to George W. Bush’s road to the White House to homeless people living on the street right outside his newspaper's front door. For his photo essay on Philadelphia’s homeless, he was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.

His weekly newspaper column, "Scene Through the Lens," takes a look at Philadelphia's urban landscape.

Gralish, along with Inquirer colleague and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Vitez, spent a year visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art to capture the stories and photos of "Rocky runners" who come from all over the world to climb the steps - just as Sylvester Stallone did in the Academy Award winning film, Rocky. Their book, Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope and Happiness at America’s Most Famous Steps, was published in November 2006.

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