Friday, August 28, 2015

A Picture Can Speak Volumes

I'd like to credit the photographer for the picture above but right now but I can't remember exactly where I was on the web when I screencaptured the image. It is however a photograph which captures some of the action at a fossil fuel resistance event which involved civil disobedience and arrests that occurred in NY state recently, part of the We Are Seneca Lake campaign.

In a creative writing class one summer a wonderful professor, a poet,  as an exercise had the class first choose two photographs they found interesting. Later the students were required to create a short story, a work of fiction, based upon something the pictures inspired and the result, the student's stories represented most of what the students grades were based on. I was one of those students. It was a terrific class and exercise and the poet would probably make it on a list of teachers that I remember the most fondly. That same summer I also  took a photojournalism class where photography was explored in a much different way, to tell a true story. The teacher was a working photojournalist who would also likely make it on that list of favored educators.

It's often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. But one could also write a thousand words  about certain pictures. There are two pictures in this post and if I wanted to do I could write lots and lots of words about them and how they might speak of the times we live in and also how that time is being presented to us via the news or other media.

In the pictures are police, people with cameras, a social media post, and a WBAI radio broadcast in the making, which featured the voices of people completely ungrounded in fact or reality.

Erik McGregor captures the filming of a WBAI broadcast featuring Kim Fraczek and Patrick Robbins with Reverand Billy lying about the Port Ambrose LNG import project along with lots of other things.

At the library works of fiction and non-fiction are labelled as such. In the news these days over some environmental issues and other things its awfully hard to tell which of the two you are actually getting.

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