Posted By Dan Giannopoulos
Since I am in Chicago at the moment covering a story on the upcoming presidential election I thought it would be interesting to revisit some of the portraits I shot on election night in Grant Park, Chicago back in November 2008.
November 4th 2008 saw one of the largest public gatherings in Chicago's history. 240,000 + people descended on Grant park to witness Illinois state senator Barack Obama become the 44th president elect of the USA in a landslide victory over his rival John McCain. His subsequent speech from Hutchinson field in Grant park, has become one of the defining moments in the history of American politics. For many Americans Obama's election to office is a ray of hope in a Country witnessing an economic and social meltdown.
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2008 US Presidential Election - By Dan Giannopoulos
November 4th 2008 saw one of the largest public gatherings in Chicago's history. 240,000 + people descended on Grant park to witness Illinois state senator Barack Obama become the 44th president elect of the USA in a landslide victory over his rival John McCain. His subsequent speach from Hutchinson field in Grant park, has become one of the defining moments in the history of American politics.
Losing Dennis: A family's struggle with the impact of dementia- By Dan Giannopoulos
Dennis was 86 years of age when on the 30th August 2008 he suffered a major stroke, paralyzing the left hand side of his body. After 2 months in hospital he was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia. Vascular Dementia is a condition that causes a progressive decline in the mental abilities of its sufferer. Its onset is characterised by a loss of memory as well as deterioration of one's ability to carry out everyday activities. The sufferer's personality and behavior become markedly different. Dementia not only impacts on the life of the sufferer it also irrevocably changes the lives of the sufferer's loved ones. Victims, once active and independent, are reliant on others to complete basic tasks. Families struggle to cope with the loss of the person they knew whilst dealing with the immediate reality of the victim's condition and the associated frustrations. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
The Orphaned Elderly of Kathmandu - By Dan Giannopoulos
Pashupati Briddhashram Social Welfare Home for the Elderly sits on the outskirts of Kathmandu near the grounds of Nepal's most holy Hindu site of Pashupatinath. It houses approximately 240 residents. These residents suffer from many illnesses associated with old age; including paralysis, failing eyesight and deterioration of mental faculties.
There are currently only 9 carers at the facility, who struggle to cope with treating even the most basic of ailments due to chronic shortages in food, medication and sanitation supplies.
Major political upheaval in Nepal has led to the near collapse of a reliable health care system, especially in rural areas... Read more>