December 21, 2004
by the window, where the light is
A few weeks ago, when K. Sites's footage of the Marine shooting the not-yet-dead Iraqi aired, James Luckett wrote of the picture(s): "what gets me is how the light filters in through the window white and bright as the the deed is so effortlessly, so easily framed by those already dead spooning the right corner, holding fast to the nearest companion ceasing breath."
Today, in Mosul, we saw Iraqi light again, as if for the first time. Was the light as heavenly in Vietnam? Is that the difference, then?
Posted by dbrown at December 21, 2004 05:27 PM
comments work again. by the by.
this is the first picture of this that I have seen, having slipped into a communication vacuum some time after 5am yesterday morning. the light is heavenly, but the world is stark and bureaucratic. Is that the difference, then?
the photographer was on the local (Richmond) news last night, via satellite telephone, sounding wiser, and calmer, than the jolly headshot flashed on screen.
If headshots weren't so awful they would make something interesting. Finding a stack of 50 prints of some ex-actor's black and white headshot in the trash or at the flea market is always a humbling reminder of dashed hopes and life pressures as well as bad photography.