Tuesday, November 08, 2005
THE SITUATION: You are in Florida; Miami to be specific. There is chaos all around you caused by a hurricane with severe flooding. This is a flood of biblical proportions. You are a photojournalist working for a major newspaper, and you're caught in the middle of this epic disaster. The situation is nearly hopeless. You're trying to shoot career-making photos. There are houses and people swirling around you, some disappearing under the water. Nature is unleashing all of its destructive fury.
THE TEST: Suddenly you see a man in the water. He is fighting forvhis life, trying not to be taken down with the debris. You move closer. Somehow the man looks familiar. You suddenly realize who it is. It's George W. Bush!
At the same time you notice that the raging waters are about to take him under forever. You have two options--you can save the life of George W. Bush, or you can shoot a dramaticPulitzer Prize-winning photo, documenting the death of one of the world's most powerful politicians.
THE QUESTION: Here's the question, and please give an honest answer: Would you select high contrast color film, or would you go with the classic simplicity of black and white?
Thanks to SK for the crib sheet.
Monday, November 07, 2005
Ed Partridge notes that voters in Utah lead the nation in supporting Mr. Bush and his misbegotten war, but are dead last in actually serving in the military that fights and dies in that war:
So let me put this in perspective. Utahns support George W. Bush (and hence, his illegal, immoral and ill-advised War in Iraq) by a greater percentage (61%) than any other state. Yet, for all that chest-thumping and keyboard-pounding, they enlist in the military to fight the misbegotten war less per capita than any other state. Far less.Don't miss the Chickenhawk Roosting Area sign.
That, gentle reader, makes Utah the Official Chickenhawk Capital of the United States.
PERSONAL HISTORICAL NOTE: If memory serves (don't bet on it), my father left the church right about the time (1930) he lied about his age to join the Utah State Militia (predecessor of the Utah National Guard) at the age of 14. After earning his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant (Field Artillery) upon graduation from the University of Utah, he was called to active duty in 1940, and served in the 7th Infantry Division during WWII. Dad left active duty in 1949 as a Lieutenant Colonel, and continued to serve in the Army Reserve until 1960.