ON THE TRAIL WITH SANTORUM

Ohio, USA. March 2012

Justin Maxon spent the days leading up to Super Tuesday photographing Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum for TIME. Santorum holds socially conservative positions, voted in Senate for tax cuts and budget amendment and played a leading role in enacting welfare reform. By march 2012, he won in Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado, the Missoury primary and then in the southern states of Alabama and Mississipi.

Justin Maxon’s project is to look for people and objects that could serve as symbols of the larger issue. The grassroots enthusiasm for Santorum’s candidacy and the values that underlie that support are his main focus, so he tried to give visual expression to those ideas. Justin is actually traveling from California to New York City to continue the project and document conservative middle america with the same approach.