The Bubble Office

| November 10, 2008 | 2 Comments

a photograph worth a thousand words

George Bush Barack Obama Oval
AP Photo.

Very rarely does a single image depict so many things in such a powerful, and concise way. Today’s lead image, a photograph of President George Bush and President Elect Barack Obama in the Oval Office is one that should be studied for all its meaning.

For a photographer, the first thing I noticed is the extreme wide angle that creates a super distortion of the horizon lines. The Oval Office in all its “Ovalness”.

Second is the subtle reversal – Bush on the left and Obama on the right. It again makes the outside photographer wonder if that is Bush’s regular spot, or if it just a random asynchronous happening.

Third, and most revealing, is the distorted wide and oval effect give the sense, the visual sense, of being inside a bubble. Now, it’s a new president’s turn to enter the bubble. The old one, beaten down, slips out through a slit in the bubble, and fades to grey. History inside the bubble. Now we start to see what we have from all sides at once.

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  1. Cindy says:

    new picture that came out today shows both obama and bush sporting blue ties yesterday. hmmm.

  2. Cindy says:

    Obama sitting on the right doesn’t surprise me, I’ve counted him wearing red ties at least 5 different times!

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