i love this photo, #8

© david butow

I love this photo by the photographer David Butow. The picture was made while David was working on a story about the 5th anniversary of 9/11 for U.S. News & World Report.

One of the unfortunate things about viewing photography on the internet is the inceasingly short time we give to visual images. Photographs on museum walls, and even on magazine pages for that matter, seem to allow for more time to breathe. I personally think it has to do with television, in that we're used to quickly scanning images that are illuminated on a screen - as opposed to traditional 2-D images on a wall or printed page.

But my point is, that this particular photograph is pretty hard to not examine closely - the amazing composition, and the body language, shadows, and graphic nature of the lines and color - talk about a picture with layers of information...

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