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July 12, 2009

G20 summit – the medium is the message

Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 07:06



  1. If the medium is the message, what do day-glo coats say?

    Comment by matt — July 12, 2009 @ 21:26

  2. I like the composition, but what I mostly like about this is that you’ve managed to capture these police personnel as people. Often massed ranks of uniforms just become the uniform, or worse, the aggressive shields and masks. But here…just people in bright coats.

    Comment by Colin — July 12, 2009 @ 22:18

  3. Colin – that was one of the disappointments of the day: that some of the ‘ordinary’ coppers were very helpful and friendly but that the ‘game plan’ as it worked itself through did not allow that friendliness to be the order of the day. Of course, masks and shields allow play-acting and for some that might mean a logical conclusion.

    Matt – there has to be a touch of the surreal about a scene like this.

    Comment by John Ellis — July 13, 2009 @ 07:11

  4. Tw othings in one? The irony of the ad with the event and the day-glo eye-sore.

    That colour is so un-London, which is (for me) a town of reds (busses, psotboxes, brick) and blacks (street furniture, railings, cabs).

    The rag-tag formation & uniforms remind me of a group of school kids on an outing.

    Comment by doonster — July 13, 2009 @ 07:43

  5. The strength in this image for me is the boy in the ad marching through the serried ranks of yellow police. A fraction of a second either way would have weakened the message.

    Comment by Rex — July 17, 2009 @ 19:10

  6. I look at the bus advert and then the policemen and keep thinking of the expression ‘policemen always seem to be much younger these days…’ All comes together very well and like Rex, the parting of the forces is particularly well timed.

    Comment by akikana — July 18, 2009 @ 12:15

  7. Thanks for comments. The title was chosen more as a flashback to McLuhan’s words from the ’60s: here the sources are from parallel universes!

    Doonster – I don’t quite go along with you about London’s colours, which cannot really be boiled down to what you say.

    Comment by John Ellis — July 19, 2009 @ 08:38

  8. I guess I’ve put off commenting on this long enough. I see and appreciate all those good things that have been commented on — yet I’m still just not getting into it. Maybe part of the problem is that I’m not keen on day-glo yellow/green.

    Comment by Christina — July 20, 2009 @ 20:44

  9. Christina – you will have to complain to Sir Paul Stephenson, head of the Metropolitan Police. Perhaps you are answering Matt’s question.

    Comment by John Ellis — July 21, 2009 @ 06:33

  10. I wouldn’t spend much time with this were it not for the smiling boy who appears to march jauntily through the ranks of the police, who (in contrast) appear to trudge along. Great timing.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — July 28, 2009 @ 02:54

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