I was interested in your analysis of this photo in this morning’s NYT.
It makes a wide sweep of many subjects, including British politics and Blair’s standing; the psychology of Blair; the current art of campaigning; the current intersection of politics and technology; the current intersection of technology and culture; the current state of the English sailing academy; and yes, even the weather in Dorset.
More specific to the image, though, it sets up a curious relationship between subject and viewer (of which, there might be many of each). Just one impression I had: You probably couldn’t blame someone for looking at this and feeling they were getting the brush off.
So you have a little more to go on, here’s the article link, headline (Blair Calls May Election as His Party Slips in Polls), and caption:
Prime Minister Tony Blair taking a photograph of himself on a mobile phone on a visit to a sailing academy in Dorset, in southwest England, yesterday. The visit was his first campaign appearance in elections set for May.
(image: pool photo/Stefan Rousseau in The New York Times)