Campaign Poster Wannabes

December 3, 2008

I want to be like Barack Obama. So does my wife, Suzame. Using a nifty new plugin, we photographed ourselves tonight on her Mac in a vain attempt to emulate the iconic “Hope” portrait poster.

The now-ubiquitous image of our soon-to-be president is the work of Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey. The best evidence of its popularity isn’t the hundreds of thousands of copies but the cleverness of artists who have lampooned it. Dubi Kauffman wrote the Obamafy plugin for the Mac program Photo Booth. The download site features clever shots by other Obama wannabes, and even more are here.

Our results won’t inspire anyone to vote for us, though we had fun. (In the solo shot below, I’ve been Obamafied as Demon of Hope.) We’ll try again with natural light tomorrow. Maybe we’ll include our little boy and create the political Bales-Tong 2008 Christmas card. Something tells me that we won’t be alone.