August 1, 2007

Picturing The Kos


Since I’m headed to Chicago this morning, I’m particularly interest in how the media, and especially, the Times, will be visualizing YK ’07. 

To start the BAG’s coverage, I offer you this pic from last year.  It was one of the NYT’s two main images of the Vegas extravaganza, the other being this one. By the way, those socks belonged (and maybe still do) to Carl, a BAGreader — who revealed his identity in last year’s thread (linked above).   

Because I’m guessing the convention will be good for two or three days of prime coverage, anyone care to anticipate what we’ll (visually) be fed?  (It’s hard to imagine the Times would repeat — or could get away with —  stereotyping us as a small band of oddballs.  If there is exaggeration to look forward to, however, perhaps we’ll now be scary-large and devouring.)

Because my mission here is to keep experimenting, I’d like to try a BAG-equivalent of blogging the show.  But it’s going to be an intentionally non-comprehensive and mostly right-brained exercise.  Which means, I’d like to go to Chi-town to look, even more than to listen.  I’d like to also watch what the photographers are doing, and see if I can’t capture some of that angle. 

Besides drawing on the customary media images, I might resort a bit to my pedestrian point-and-shoot.  Don’t worry, however, it’s just a field exercise; a break from the words; some summer fun.  Otherwise, the BAG’s visual space remains reserved only for the most practiced eyes.

While on the subject, by the way, I spend the afternoon in Brooklyn yesterday with mainstay BAG contributer Alan Chin.  (Keep watching here for photos and reflection from his last trip to New Orleans.)  It was my next-to-last day in NYC after a month here, as a interstitial stop between Barcelona (my home the previous 10 months) and L.A. 

When I told Alan what I was hatching, he was amused, likely visualizing me elbowing in between the shooters from Reuters and the A.P.  "So you’re joining the goat-fuck?" he asked.  "Just don’t get in anybody’s way."

(Rick Scibelli Jr. for The New York Times.  Las Vegas. August 2006.

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