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March 1, 2013

Your Turn: In the Pope’s Wake

Pope Easter 2012

Pope going away

Your thoughts on any of the below…

What a difference a year makes; the color red; Pope – anything at all; how Souza also likes to shoot Obama (1, 2, 3, 4,5); quitting; news photography and the permanent campaign; the role of big ole screens in public spaces (and how so many news pictures now are pictures of screens *; what it means to be behind (or, the role of the public in photo #2) the color white; working into your old age.

*Note how this has screens and Hoffman has even composed it like it’s a montage of screens.

(photo 1: Franco Origlia/Getty Images caption 1: Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful gathered at the Colosseum during the Way Of The Cross procession on Good Friday April 6, 2012 in Rome, Italy. The traditional Catholic procession on Good Friday recalls the crucifixion of Jesus Christ ahead of Sunday’s Easter holiday. photo 2: Dmitry Lovetsky/AP caption 2:Faithful watch a giant screen showing Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. The 85-year-old German Pope Benedict is stepping down on Thursday evening, the first pope to do so in 600 years, after saying he no longer has the mental or physical strength to vigorously lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. )

  • BooksAlive

    Souza’s photos from behind Obama show us the President looking at someone or something, and let us conjecture what he might be thinking. If the pose indicates repose or reflection, I say go for it. A president needs moments like those.

  • bystander

    There is a really eerie quality to that second photograph. Almost like it needs to have filmed on the set of some “space galaxy” movie where the people catapulted to some distant planet have been told You’re on your own. by some supreme leader. And, all those helpless onlookers can do is watch the retreating back of someone who had been important to their sense of direction. The theme I “read” is abandonment and dejection.

  • black_dog_barking

    He’s hiding his face. The pope feels shame.

    Except of course he’s not and he doesn’t, to my knowledge. In the second image he’s in time out. That is somehow appropriate.

    Or maybe the pope has led his flock as far as he can, now faces a blank wall. That is somehow appropriate too. Maybe it’s time to give this Galileo fellow a shot, see what he’s got.

  • Scarabus

    The big screen and passive crowd remind me of Apple’s 1984 commercial.

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