The Ghost of Snapped Shot

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Subject of focus.

I'm actually quite befuddled at what AP stringer Cheryl Senter was thinking when she framed this particular photograph. Of course, it could be that I'm missing the nuance of having a stranger take up fully half the frame of a photograph of President(ial candidate) Rick Perry.

Hopefully, one of y'all will explain the art factor here, since I'm so obviously not hip to it.

Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signs novelty wooden eggs in Bedford, N.H., Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, after speaking at the Politics and Eggs Breakfast. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

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#1 Barry 18-Aug-2011
Yeah, I can see how an image that tells a story and has some depth to it might trip up your feeble brain. Next time we schleppers of lenses will be sure to only put images on the internet taken dead on at eye level, with the subject on a matte background.Seriously though, this image is far more interesting than most of the photos of politicians out there. It has a whole narrative to it, why is that bad thing? Why do we NEEED another photo of Triumphant Governor Pose no.#3, and so on?
#2 Brian C. Ledbetter 18-Aug-2011

That's a perfectly valid point; I'd never suggest that every photo needs to look exactly the same. It's just an odd shot with a totally unrelated subject, that's all.

I am curious to hear your narrative to this angle, though. It's interesting, sure, but what story do you see it telling? :)

#3 Barry 19-Aug-2011

To me, the guy in the front looks like security. I am not from that area of the US and havent been paying attention to politics so I dont know who the guy is, but if he's anything like the politician steriotype I'm gonna guess that he's trying to run a campaign and project this aura of the friendly and approachable everyman. The reality of politics though is that anyone with the clout and cash to run is just about the antithises of that- as here we are shown by the giant, incognito security guy. We glimpse this governor through this human barrier, but the governor's gaurd appears to be down. He's not making a face for the camera, his PR staff did not vet this experiance, it's just him. 

#4 Brian C. Ledbetter 22-Aug-2011

That's a very astute observation, sir! Even though we can't know for certain whether the gentleman in the foreground is security, a campaign adviser, or just an innocent bystander, that's definitely what the picture implies. :)

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