December 27, 2006

Cinematic, but real.

Is this photograph -- by Akintunde Akinleye -- too beautiful to illustrate this story?

13 comments:

Goesh said...

It disconnects me from the horror of those burning buildings and the reported loss of life, that's for sure.

LordSomber said...

His clothes look mighty clean for being in the middle of that. Not sayin' it's fake, but just sayin'.

paul a'barge said...

Africa ... let it go. Write it off.

peter hoh said...

Yes.

Great op for a BARDY here. All we need is a screed of a couple hundred words.

Tim said...

I don't think so - it captures both the destruction and the sorrow - but also reaffirms that life goes on, and is worth living.

For me, anyway.

SteveS said...

No. Admiration of beauty and consideration of tragedy need not be mutually exclusive. The striking beauty of the photo can serve to focus one's attention on the subject, as much as the composition.

Also, this remarkable photo should put to rest any lingering doubts about the wisdom of the "old gray lady" introducing color back in 1993.

Goesh said...

LordSomber is right, nary a smudge of soot blotting those vibrant tribal colors toubobs so dearly love coming from the dark continent

Goesh said...

LordSomber is right, nary a smudge of soot blotting those vibrant tribal colors toubobs so dearly love coming from the dark continent

Pogo said...

I must apologize for my mind's eye, bereft as it is of sufficient artistic taste to discern beauty in that photo until you pointed it out.

But it is quite beautiful and sad. Much like the Pietà, which combines this duality exquisitely. In fact, in human affairs, these states are very often two sides of the same coin.

sonicfrog said...

Not to dismiss the horror of this incident, but, yeah, it looks fake to me too.

Zeb Quinn said...

Surrealism. Spontaneously? Serendipitously? Staged? You make the call.

Anonymous said...

No.

peter hoh said...

The photo looks like it could have been a painting by the American artist, Bo Bartlett. Take a look at his work, Tarmen

http://www.flickr.com/photos/79592224@N00/322590517/