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May 17, 2009

G20 summit – The Age of Stupid

Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 06:34

Try googling Franny Armstrong



  1. And what exactly would stupid be?

    Did you push the contrast in this conversion? There seem to be some artifacts in areas of even tone. Effective photo nonetheless.

    Comment by matt — May 17, 2009 @ 12:10

  2. Matt – contrast – no I didn’t push it. I have looked at a print and all that I can see that you might be referring to is the effect of DOF on the foreground face and the bank in the background: but no artifacts seem to be present. Maybe you are referring to the grainy look?

    Do you mean what would be stupid? On the assumption that that is your question, and that it refers to the sign rather than the title, then “stupid” could mean a number of things given the wide range of groups and opinions gathered there. I have picked up on the global warming theme, hence the advice to google Franny Armstrong the director.

    Comment by John Ellis — May 17, 2009 @ 13:04

  3. Well I enjoyed surfing though Franny’s pages, she seems quite a character.

    I certainly get the feel of the crush of a demo.

    I’m trying to see what Matt sees but all I can pick up is a bit of noise/grain which I find acceptable.

    Comment by Rex — May 17, 2009 @ 16:42

  4. The noise just has a bit of a squared off look, like patterns are emerging, but nothing major.

    I missed the subtitle before. Fanny Armstrong googled. Get the title now.

    Comment by matt — May 18, 2009 @ 02:40

  5. This just has to be a warning to all photographers who might *dare* take pictures of protests (after all we might break the law by including a policeman). The positioning of the sign against the muted, but clear, climbing photographer and then the angelic hair and eyes looking upwards…..excellent.

    The top right is slightly unfortunate. I’d be tempted to play with that a bit to stop it fighting the highlights elsewhere in the photo. But that doesn’t take away from the fundamental rightness of the rest.

    Comment by Colin — May 20, 2009 @ 19:24

  6. Colin – that bit top right is a pain, particularly in a print.

    Comment by John Ellis — May 24, 2009 @ 06:55

  7. Hopefully this is as close as I will ever come to being in such a crowd! The woman’s face on the left is as if she needs to come up for air. The figure standing above it all is where I’d prefer to be as well. (For some reason that figure made me think of Art Garfunkel.)

    Comment by Christina — May 25, 2009 @ 04:43

  8. Christian – I agree about Garfunkel. Shortly after this I climbed onto a distribution box where I stood for about three hours.

    Comment by John Ellis — May 25, 2009 @ 06:36

  9. that one upwards turned face and the sign make it for me. This looks far more busy than the protests we had in Sydney.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — May 25, 2009 @ 07:04

  10. It’s the multiple ways the sign could be directed: photographer, guy stood above crowd, the crowd, the summit. Nicely picks out a message among the crowd.
    I’m not too bothered by the top right, maybe just a bit darker than currently would help.

    Comment by doonster — May 26, 2009 @ 08:44

  11. This certainly succeeds in placing smack in the crush of people and forces me to look up at that sign. There are multiple messages that could be read from that warning.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — June 7, 2009 @ 15:00

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