Right now most of us feel as if we've been on the campaign trail for a very long time.
But in 2004, Alexandra Kerry stepped into the real thing. When her father, Sen. John Kerry, ran as the Democratic presidential candidate, she joined him.
Kerry, 35, is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer who brought her cameras along to try to get beyond the surface of political campaigns, the images, she writes, of "candidates kissing babies, eating ribs, hunting, fishing, golfing, relaxing with their families. These images tell us nothing because they reinforce preconceived notions."
The result is her new book, Notes From the Trail: Presidential Politics From the Inside Out. Combining thoughtful text, photographs and video grabs, it looks outward toward the crowds at the campaign stops and inward to the moments behind the scenes of a national political campaign.
MEET THE AUTHOR: Alexandra Kerry
She will talk about her book Notes From the Trail: Presidential Politics From the Inside Out at 1:45 p.m. in the Fish & Wildlife Research Institute.