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July 1, 2006

The Open BAG

I know a lot of the community is “off line” this holiday break but I’d still like to try this out.  If you have a particular image to refer for comment (hopefully with some analysis of your own), provide a link to the image along with your thoughts.  I’ll take the first five submissions and I’ll post them below.  Then, you can decide which to discuss.

By the way, I offer a warm welcome to all the new — and “newish” — BAG community members and commenters.  Your energy and insight has been fantastic!

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BAGreader Picks:

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Burger-Reader-1 Oktoberfest-Reader-1 Indian-Bball-1  Mccain-Bush-Relationship-1 Bush In Trouble

Find reader credit; captions; story links after the jump….

Photo 1: from ummabdulla.



Caption: The Old Homestead Steak House in Boca Raton, Fla. unvieled its pricey 20-ounce, $100 slab of ground beef, billed as the ‘beluga caviar of hamburgers’. The burger combines the most expensive of beef from the U.S., Japan and Argentina. (image: J. Pat Carter/AP.  June 20, 2006. Via YahooNews.com)

Photo 2: from Darryl Pearce.

Caption: WORLD CUP 2006 PREVIEW: Young women in traditional Bavarian clothes toast with one-litre beer mugs during the opening day of the Oktoberfest in Munich in this September 17, 2005 file photo. The FIFA soccer World Cup 2006 final will be held in Germany from June 9 – July 9. (image: REUTERS/Michaela Rehle/File. Germany.  Via YahooNews.)

Photo 3: from tracy.

Comment: Based on the determined, confident mien and posture, how could this kid, Suket Karnawat from Queens N.Y. via India, possibly be other than American? Story link.  image: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times. July 2, 2006.

Photo 4: from margaret.

Title: A New Partnership Binds Old Republican Rivals.  Caption: John McCain and George W. Bush had notable differences in the 2000 Republican primary season, left. But by Mr. Bush’s re-election bid in 2004, the relationship had mellowed, at least publicly.  Story Link. ((images: Left, Eric Draper/Associated Press; right, Doug Mills/The New York Times.)

Photo 4: from margaret.

Title: A New Partnership Binds Old Republican Rivals.  Caption: John McCain and George W. Bush had notable differences in the 2000 Republican primary season, left. But by Mr. Bush’s re-election bid in 2004, the relationship had mellowed, at least publicly.  Story Link. ((images: Left, Eric Draper/Associated Press; right, Doug Mills/The New York Times.)

Photo 5: from karen.

Blog link.  (image: unattributed. April 7, 2006. Winston-Salem Journal.)

  • ummabdulla

    OK, this has nothing to do with anything, really… but I saw this photo in my newspaper and it just struck me.
    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/060620/480/652fa265e3364397b4abd05e0057ec64
    It’s the most unappetizing thing; it reminds me of the dinosaur droppings in Jurassic Park movies… but someone’s paying $100 each for these hamburgers made of “the most expensive of beef from the U.S., Japan and Argentina”.

  • kitten

    That $100-burger reminds me of James Lilek’s Gallery of Regrettable Food:
    http://www.lileks.com/institute/gallery/index.html
    Worth a surf if the rain is keeping you inside.

  • http://www.dock.net/fuming_mucker Darryl Pearce

    Well, I often do a news.yahoo.com “photo” survery to see oddly juxtaposed pictures. But, I found this file-photo of people “mugging” for the camera fun to look at….

  • Ryan

    Wow! My favorite things. Red meat, beer, and women.

  • Cactus

    Like ummabdulla, my first thought was “cow pie” and viola! my appetite disappeared.
    My stomach hurt just thinking about that much food.

  • tracy

    Here’s my 4th of July submission:
    http://tinyurl.com/mojtb
    It’s from the NY Times, so you might have to register unless our host does his magic. My comment is that based on the determined, confident mien and posture, how could this kid, Suket Karnawat from Queens N.Y. via India, possibly be other than American?

  • margaret

    http://www.nytimes.com/pages/national/index.html
    here is the juxtaposition of two photos, one of which, I thnk you analyzed some time ago. Interesting that the NYT has “picked up” on your astute choice with all the extra meanings attached.

  • The BAG

    margaret,
    Not sure which pic you’re referring to. The “National” page keeps changing. Can you email me a more specific link with brief description?

  • margaret

    The same juxtaposition of pictures is on the front page of the online edition, today, showing McCain and Bush in two different encounters: one testy, and the other, the famous “embrace.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/ (as of Mon, 10:48 AM, ET

  • http://www.blogatha.blogspot.com/ Karen

    I’m late to this party, but here’s a favorite (it’s from my own unappreciated blog, but I get six whole readers a week, so the photo’s still fresh).
    http://blogatha.blogspot.com/2006/04/bush-in-trouble.html

  • ummabdulla

    Washington Post article on how Condi keeps her popularity (is she really popular?) by managing the images of her. Do you suppose one of her staff reads the BAG? ;)
    Defining Her Own Sphere of Influence: Rice’s Popularity Crosses Borders and Party Lines Thanks to Careful Attention to Image
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/03/AR2006070301017_pf.html

  • http://profile.typekey.com/Biff/ Biff Usually

    Regarding picture #5:
    How can you say he looks like he is in trouble? True, he has his hand out in a “hold on now” kind of posture, but he is standing in front of Air Force One, he has soldiers standing at attention in the background, the shot is angled to make him appear to be standing over everyone, the microphones are all reaching out to him; in short, he is “on top of the situation.”
    Rather than showing Bush in trouble, the picture seems more to show Bush in command, despite any questions or objections.
    More fellatio of America’s Worst President Ever, by the traitorous liberal media.

  • ummabdulla

    When I saw photo #3, I thought of illustrations for stories about child labor in India and Pakistan, where they make footballs (like http://www.hurights.or.jp/asia-pacific/no_25/images/footb2.jpg). That was way off…

  • http://www.blogatha.blogspot.com/ Karen

    Biff: Goes to show you how subjective photo interpretation can be! You can tell from my take on it, I saw him as being depicted in a defensive mode. I tried to look at it from your perspective and could almost get there, except for the butter knife-like image of Air Force One pointed at his head.
    Thanks Bag, for the attribution addition, I couldn’t find a photographer’s name anywhere.

  • tracy

    “When I saw photo #3, I thought of illustrations for stories about child labor in India and Pakistan, where they make footballs”
    When I look at Suket Karnawat I don’t see him making footballs; I see him signing footballs.

  • http://profile.typekey.com/Biff/ Biff Usually

    OK, I missed that before. It does look like a giant knife is pointing at his head. How odd the difference that one detail makes. Everything else about the picture puts Bush in command. Now I see the picture as, “Bush seems to be in command, but he is unaware of the threat that hangs over his head, and will surely lay him low.” It is Damocletian!

  • http://www.blogatha.blogspot.com/ Karen

    Biff: Isn’t this kind of analysis facinating? If BagNews wasn’t so good at it already, I’d focus my entire blog on the subject.

  • Jo

    Bush looks like he is getting smaller but trying hard to look bigger. What is with that? Has any one watched what is happening to how he looks in the cartoons? He has gone from funny to gross. Some one should do a study into that. Bag would be a great place to do it.

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