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June 7, 2009

G20 summit – what the onlooker saw

Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 08:18



  1. The central hand and poster makes this more interesting than a simple record of the event. It isn’t otherwise particularly visually engaging, but the centre is enough, I think.

    Comment by Colin — June 7, 2009 @ 08:52

  2. It’s the interesting march of reds that moves me through.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — June 8, 2009 @ 18:24

  3. There is something special about the lighting on that central poster which holds my attention and puts me in Colin’s camp.

    Comment by Rex — June 8, 2009 @ 20:52

  4. I’m stuck on the slogan of that central sign, ‘for better conversation?’ What is that all about?

    Comment by matt — June 11, 2009 @ 12:52

  5. Matt – I am not sure that I can give you an easy answer. It all stems from our old class system and the origins of our (ex-)socialist party – Labour (the current party in government). Those who lived in leafy parts of London and had not dirtied their hands down t’pit, and drank other than beer; talking rather than working but voting Labour… . Does that help?

    Comment by John Ellis — June 11, 2009 @ 15:03

  6. I think it quite nicely shows the protesters as a confused rabble. More of an anti-anti-capitalist picture.

    Comment by doonster — June 13, 2009 @ 13:34

  7. Rabble was the mistake the police made. Certainly not a common cause but I don’t quite see the anti-anti picture.

    Comment by John Ellis — June 14, 2009 @ 06:56

  8. I skip over that rabble and straight to the skull at the back. Its lowered head is pretty much the mirror of the onlooker’s. They’re also looking against the tide of faces in the pit which balances this out somewhat. The person looking at the viewer of this (bottom right of the ‘we won’t pay for their crisis’ sign) is probably more scary than the skull! Though on first look there was very little for me to rest on, each subsequent viewer does make it a little easier to pick out the details.

    Comment by akikana — June 17, 2009 @ 00:21

  9. I’m still not sure about this one. I do find it interesting to look through the crowd at individuals, and the orange-reds are well placed, but that onlooker on the black post at right with dark clothing and little detail seems like a black hole in the image.

    Comment by Christina — June 17, 2009 @ 16:18

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