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July 3, 2013

Riot Eye Candy

I can’t believe I missed this when it was published recently. Question is, what is it?

1. Sure-fire contest winner.

2. Sea World, Taksim Square.

3. The “Woman in the Red Dress” to a higher power.

4. Istanbul, Sao Paulo, Cairo — you name it.


(from: The Atlantic “In Focus”: Riot Police Retake Istanbul’s Taksim Square. photo: Thanassis Stavrakis/AP. caption: A protester tries to remain standing as police use a water cannon during clashes at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced their way through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. )

  • mattlutton

    I still think will be the single image that I will remember from the protests:

    • Michael Shaw

      Hey Matt. Yes, I was looking at that one also. There are many versions of it. What makes the one above more “theme park,” though, as bdb terms it, and more candyland than serious and informational, is how tight it is. IMO, allows the image to fall on either side of the news and entertainment line when it comes to the “summer blockbuster.”

      …Whoops, gotta run. I’m missing the Cairo show on CNN. It’s deadline day!

  • black_dog_barking

    Holy mixed messages Batman! This makes the application of riot crowd control look like fun. Just cooling off on a hot summer’s day — like when they opened the fire hydrants in the poorer parts of the city as a sort of austerity swimming pool.

    Not that fun is on anyone’s mind at the moment the picture was snapped. But still, water is life, and this image is full of water and light and I’m thinking more ‘theme park’ than ‘occupy park’.

    • acm

      that is NOT a fun amount of water — they call them “cannons” for a reason…

  • dj

    It’s a horrifying image of a human being knocked down. Made me wonder about decapitation.

  • mattlutton

    I’m looking forward to the images from Cairo, I’m not getting much feeling from the BBC at the moment

    Micalizzi’s picture for me is the essential ‘man cut in half by the state’ image for me, and the context given by the signs and architecture makes it iconic. But I agree the tightness of this shot can make it feel like a water park. Really makes me think about how a relatively small increase in pressure (and political motive) can turn an amusement in to a police action

  • dj

    Agree with you, not understanding the “playful”(?) nature of the comments. Looks vicious, aimed right at the person’s (human) head. Memories of former times in our own country.

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