click to enlarge After a roundtable discussion about the Zika virus on July 5, Sen. Tim Kaine greets reporters at the Virginia Department of Health in Richmond.

Scott Elmquist

After a roundtable discussion about the Zika virus on July 5, Sen. Tim Kaine greets reporters at the Virginia Department of Health in Richmond.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Behind the Photo: Tim Kaine

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 1:20 PM

The question on everyone's mind at the news conference: Is Kaine going to be Hillary Clinton's vice-presidential pick? Kaine deflected questions about his political future during the zika conference. Afterward, he approached assembled media. This moment, between Kaine and WTVR-TV CBS 6 news anchor Jake Burns, illustrates the awkward tension in the room. Kaine's smile says, "I'm not going to tell you anything," and Burn's look says, "But I have to ask you."

Photographer's Note: There's no great spot to stand when the press scrum starts. That was reinforced to me during the Bob McDonnell trial. So I tried to stay to the side where I could still see Kaine's face, but also include the cameras and reporters in the frame. In the end, the expressions on their faces make the image work by creating a mini drama in the midst of a larger story.

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