Some people will tell you that lawn signs are overrated, or outmoded as political tools. VDB couldn’t disagree more.
The lawn sign wars provide deep, narrative clues to the state of play, in real-time. Rich Tarrant, for instance, has made much of the way that his barn signs have been vandalized.
Or perhaps re-purposed, to put it more accurately.
Bernie’s camp — while sharply denying involvement — has pointed out that Vermonters seem genuinely to dislike the signs, and Tarrant’s scorched-earth ad campaigns in general.
Enterprising VDB photo-journalist Yusef also believes that lawn signs are trying desperately to tell us their stories. If we would only fall silent, and listen.
And so he went out into the city of Burlington, listening for their tiny voices.
Or rather what one might call the silence of the lawn signs.
And he would have sent in more than these three images, but when he came finally upon the toilet shot — a spare visual haiku, the ultimate bit of found photographic art — he felt himself to be unworthy, and knocked off for lunch.