February 3, 2010
Getting the Picture?
by BagNewsNotes contributor Pete Brook
There are SEVEN cameras in this image.
What an intriguing image. It’s got a foolish mixture of activity that confuses the viewer: slapping; parrying; a sizable unperturbed bunch of by-passers who display amusement, disappointment, indifference and camera-induced detachment.
One lady has a baby under one arm as she strikes with the other. The lady in defensive mode raises an elbow so as to not inconvenience the cameras she holds in each hand nor the pacifier on her middle finger.
Here’s the caption from the Lens blog. (The article it links to offers no context.)
A Palestinian woman, who was evicted from her house by Israeli settlers scuffled with a Jewish settler who was trying to take a photograph in front of her house in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.
The situation is obviously tense, but what’s going on? Are we supposed to guess? And, who’d bet against me that without the cameras this confrontation would not have occurred?
(adapted from Prison Photography)
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