Welcome to Chatting the Pictures. Every two weeks, we present a short, lively video discussion between Michael Shaw, publisher of Reading the Pictures, and writer, professor, and historian, Cara Finnegan, examining a significant picture in the news. Chatting the Pictures is produced by Liliana Michelena.
This photo was taken by Jon Nazca for Reuters Pictures. The La Palma volcano has been wreaking destruction for a month now. In that time, there has been one dramatic picture after another from Spain’s Canary Islands. It’s for that reason that we’ve been wondering why this particular wire photo, shot from a kitchen window, has circulated more widely than most. In the video, we look at the novelty of natural disasters in the midst of so much catastrophe related to climate change–and how domesticity is ever more precious these days.
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