North Carolina, June 9th 2008 and my first portrait of then Senator Obama. This image was taken in a makeshift studio next to a cowshed. Just as we started shooting the buildings power failed. With the clock ticking down and my assistants scrambling to reset the power I walked the Senator away from the chaos and over to a white wall so I could hold his attention and keep taking portraits. I mentioned I had just photographed the Iranian President Ahmadinejad and how that went. Obama keep wanting to know more, "how was he, what did you talk about?" He kept asking more and more questions. I could see him getting more relaxed and comfortable giving me this moment. I look back now and know that the power failure was a gift.