In all my photography here on clerkmanifesto, I am ever at pains to show you the most remarkable, striking possible representations of the world I encounter. And that's fine. But it doesn't necessarily get to the day to day of what my world exactly looks like.
So for today's photo essay, one documenting my walk to go vote in a minor election in Saint Minneapolis, I resolved to take relatively random pictures along my way, and to leave those pictures largely untouched in the post processing. Does this provide for the most compelling of my photography? Perhaps not. But in walking along, grabbing pictures of anything that caught my eye, I am doing something a little different, maybe laying a foundational understanding for the more compelling and scenic photography you are accustomed to encountering here at clerkmanifesto.
So, come with me on my walk to go vote in the 2023 election, where the murky shreds of democracy are barely visible and even in the most Democratic of cities, people still make terrible choices.
My neighborhood is riddled with alleys, and as I start out my walk I wind through them. It's a bit rough along the garages and back fences. But sometimes there will be a bit of charm to some small gate back there, and so when I saw this white picket inspired archway, I took my first pic: