02 January 2013 10:30 | By Matt Yelland, Picture Manager
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Eric Thayer shares a chowder



A woman eats clam chowder as media and supporters surround Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum (© REUTERS/Eric Thayer)
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'When on the campaign trail, I'm looking for moments away from the candidates - there are only so many images you can make of someone holding a microphone. So, you look for reactions, or some of the more subtle nuances; a button, a sign. U.S. presidential candidates engage the public in retail politics, and this is sometimes what you get. I saw this family and set up next to them. Rick Santorum began working the room, shaking hands and signing autographs. This family had come to the restaurant to have lunch without knowing a presidential candidate would be there. The scrum moved through the room, and I broke off to photograph this family, and this woman, who said afterwards that she just wanted to enjoy her clam chowder!'


Equipment used: Canon EOS 5F Mark II, lens 24mm, f4, 1/400, ISO 2500

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