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Durring the celebration of Clinton's victory in Colorado, Tod and his friends pile onto the table as Alexa (left) smiles. (Jackson Barnett/CU Indpenent)

Opinion: The photographs I wish I was posting from this election

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Last night, I so badly wished to share these images of Coloradans watching the first female presidential nominee from a major political party win our state. I wish the images of people who shared her compassion, and the joy they captured, could be the story I reported. Instead, I had to document the tears of our fear: the fear that now exists for people living in this country who are not white males.

I wish I could share the photo of the moment Hillary Clinton won Colorado.

Durring the celebration of Clinton's victory in Colorado Tod and his pile on to the table as Alexa (left) smiles. (Jackson Barnett/CU Indpenent)
During the celebration of Clinton’s victory in Colorado, Tod, a CU MBA student, and his friends pile on to the pool table as Alexa (left) smiles. (Jackson Barnett/CU Independent)

I wish I share the smiling faces of Clinton’s volunteers.

A volunteer for Hillary's campaign helps to tape up cut outs of Obama and Bernie. (Jackson Barnett/CU Independent)
A volunteer for Hillary’s campaign helps to tape up cut-outs of President Barack Obama and Sen. Bernie Sanders by the UMC. (Jackson Barnett/CU Independent)

Volunteers who after polls closed in the state were overcome with joy.

New Era volunters Ceely and Alesandra embrace as the polls close in Colorado and their jobs to boost voter turn out are over. (Jackson Barnett/CU Indepent
New Era volunteers Ceely and Alessandra embrace as the polls close in Colorado and their jobs to boost voter turnout are over. (Jackson Barnett/CU Independent)

I wish this photo, which shows Mariel’s joy and Neema’s fears, could be used to show that the close race ended in the volunteers’ favor.

Mariel embraces Nema as the polls close and their jobs as full time were volunteers for the Hillary campaign come to an end. (Jackson Barnett/CU Indpendent)
Mariel embraces Neema as the polls close and their jobs as full time Clinton volunteers come to an end. (Jackson Barnett/CU Independent)

I wish I could be posting the images I couldn’t take. The images of people realizing we elected a woman that stands for the compassion and love that our president-elect is void of.

I wish I could post images that I never had the opportunity to take.

Austin, a bisnuess school udergrad watches the returns as Michigan is too close to call at the Dark Horse. (Jackson Barnett/CU Indepenedt)
Austin, a business school undergrad, watches the returns as Michigan is too close to call at the Dark Horse bar. (Jackson Barnett/CU Independent)

Instead, all I could document was the fear and depression.

Fear from people who fear their health care being ripped away.

Violet sheds a tear as Trump gains in the polls. (Jackson Barnett/CU Indpenent)
Violet sobs with Sage as Donald Trump gains in the polls. (Jackson Barnett/CU Independent)

Sadness of volunteers who knew they did everything they could.

The hardcore volunteers stress over the results of a turning election. (Jackson Barnett/CU Indepented)
Volunteers wait for the final results of a turning election. (Jackson Barnett/CU Independent)
Haley and Mariel watch the Pennsylvania returns in dismay. (Jackson Barnett/CU Independnet)
Haley and Mariel watch the Pennsylvania returns in dismay. (Jackson Barnett/CU Independent)
At Boulder Students for Hillary campagn HQ a student watches the returns come in. (Jackson Barnett/CU Indpentned)
Spencer sits at the Students for Hillary headquarters, watching the returns come in. (Jackson Barnett/CU Independent)

My final assignment was to photograph the Trump supporters as their candidate inched closer to winning the presidency. I had hoped the content of these images would not be necessary.

Chirs, Megan and Steven smile as Trump wins states in Steven's appartment. (Jackson Barnett/CU Indpendent)
Chris, Megan and Steven smile in Steven’s apartment as they watch Trump pick up electoral votes. (Jackson Barnett/CU Independent)
Venessa smiles as Trump wins. (Jackson Barnett/CU Indpente)
Venessa smiles as Trump wins. (Jackson Barnett/CU Independent)

When I photograph, I care; I care about the subject in frame and the lives I am documenting. Having photographed drug addiction, destitution, poverty and the effects of abuse, none of those images pulled at my heart more than capturing Clinton supporters whose futures are now in the hands of a Trump presidency.

Contact CU Independent Opinion Staff Writer and Photographer Jackson Barnett at jackson.barnett@colorado.edu.

About Jackson Barnett

Jackson Barnett is the Multimedia Managing editor as well as photographer and writer for the CUI. He reports on breaking news, in depth features and culinary explorations in the college kitchen.

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