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Members of College Democrats of America pose for pictures in the Instagram/ Facebook lounge at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016.
Members of College Democrats of America pose for pictures in the Instagram/ Facebook lounge at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, on July 25, 2016.Landon Nordeman for TIME
Members of College Democrats of America pose for pictures in the Instagram/ Facebook lounge at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016.
Scenes from the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Scenes from the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Flowers on the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
A hat landscape on the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Scenes from the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Scenes from the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
A protestor in the Media Center of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Scenes on the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016.
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Pizza at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016.
Cookies under wraps at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Scenes from the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Students from the Eagle Academy on the stage at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.stage. Scenes at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Natalie Vowell, Delegate from St. Louis at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016.
Scenes from the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016.
Scenes from the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Scenes from the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Reaction to Bernie endorsing Hillary at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Scenes from the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Scenes from the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016.
North Carolina Roll Call at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Scenes from the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
A scene literally from the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Interfaith Prayer Room at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016.
Nan Ellen Nelson, left, and her mother Grace Nelson, the wife of Florida Senator, Bill Nelson at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016.
Scenes from the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Scenes from the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Scenes from the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016.
Scenes from the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Getting ready to step outside into the rain at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016.
Scenes from the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Scenes from the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016.
Banners on the shelf for future nights of the DNC at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016.
Scenes from the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016.
Flags rolled up in a supply room at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016.
Scenes from the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016.
Tape and cord as fashion accessories at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016.
Scenes from the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Scenes from the floor at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016.
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Sense and Absurdity: Photographs from the Democratic National Convention

Jul 27, 2016

As Hillary Clinton was crowned the party's nominee during the Democratic National Convention's second night, other crowns—or rather hats, masks, accessories and signs—floated around the floor, captured in Landon Nordeman's outlandish, vibrant pictures. The photographer, who has been on assignment for TIME at both political conventions, says that he respects how seriously delegates take the event but is visually drawn to " moments where humor or absurdity is present."

As the Democratic party launched its operation to humanize Hillary last night, Nordeman succeeds at humanizing the party's delegates and supporters in relatable acts—from sharing a french fry to posing for photos with the numerous props floating around the convention's floor.

Nordeman says the Democrats' four-day event in Philadelphia has, so far, been more chaotic than last week's Republican affair, with a "sense of discord—people seeming much more on-edge." Despite navigating stricter spaces and the tense atmosphere, he says the biggest challenge covering the back-to-back conventions is not repeating himself. " At an event like this, a lot of it looks the same. To keep your eyes and awareness fresh takes effort. The less sleep you get, the harder it is to do."

Nordeman, who has been covering the election for TIME since December, succeeds in finding this fresh perspective in his startling compositions, bright colors and enigmatic scenes more expected from a comic-con festival than political gathering. " I try to never let politics get in the way of photography," he says.

CLEVELAND - JULY 18: Donald Trump appears on stage. Scenes from the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention on Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Landon Nordeman)
Donald Trump appears on stage to introduce his wife Melania on the first night of the Republican National Convention, July 18, 2016 in Cleveland.Landon Nordeman for TIME
CLEVELAND - JULY 18: Donald Trump appears on stage. Scenes from the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention on Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Landon Nordeman)
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CLEVELAND - JULY 18: Scenes from the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention on Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Landon Nordeman)
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CLEVELAND - JULY 18: Melania Trump speaks to the crowd. Scenes from the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention on Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Landon Nordeman)
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CLEVELAND - JULY 18: Scenes from the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention on Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Landon Nordeman)
CLEVELAND - JULY 18: Scenes from the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention on Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Landon Nordeman)
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CLEVELAND - JULY 18: Sean Hannity of Fox News, top, greets fans. Scenes from the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention on Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Landon Nordeman)
CLEVELAND - JULY 18: Scenes from the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention on Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Landon Nordeman)
CLEVELAND - JULY 18: Scott Baio after his speech. Scenes from the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention on Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Landon Nordeman)
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CLEVELAND - JULY 18: Scenes from the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention on Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Landon Nordeman)
CLEVELAND - JULY 18: Scenes from the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention on Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Landon Nordeman)
CLEVELAND - JULY 18: Scenes from the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention on Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Landon Nordeman)
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CLEVELAND - JULY 18: Scenes from the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention on Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Landon Nordeman)
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CLEVELAND - JULY 18: Scenes from the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention on Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Landon Nordeman)
CLEVELAND - JULY 18: Scenes from the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention on Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Landon Nordeman)
CLEVELAND - JULY 18: Scenes from the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention on Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Landon Nordeman)
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CLEVELAND - JULY 18: Scenes from the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention on Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Landon Nordeman)
Donald Trump appears on stage to introduce his wife Melania on the first night of the Republican National Convention, Ju
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Follow TIME's photographers in real time during the RNC and DNC on Instagram (@timelightbox) and Snapchat (time_mag)

Landon Nordeman's photographs have been exhibited at The Howard Greenberg Gallery and The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing among other venues, and are in the collections of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and The Columbus Museum of Art. Follow him on Instagram. And see more of Landon’s work covering the Trump campaign here.

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