How to photograph a president
It’s struck me for some time that images of Obama eating seem to crop up very regularly in photospreads (this example from HuffPo today):
So struck was I this time that I began to wonder if past presidents had been subject to such up-the-nose closeups of them in gustatory action.
There’s one pic in particular of Bush that seems to be just about all there is for him
and yeah, OK, with that meager fodder, many a Photoshop was spawned:
But it falls short of that visceral pore- and pixel-level intimacy intruding into what most of us regard as a relatively private act, or one at least that we’d probably not choose to have captured and broadcast, that seems to mark most of the photos of Obama chowing down that I’ve been able to find. And if you follow that link, you’ll see there are a LOT of them, and they’re all over the show.
Sure, I can think of other politicians where the media’s gone for the undignified moment of ingestion, but the effect veers widely from the mildly unfortunate
to the practically suggestive, though somehow still relatively dainty
But there seem to be very few images like that available for other politicians (let me know if I’m wrong on that).
In any case, the proximity is almost always relatively mild, whereas, where Obama’s concerned, it seems like anything goes:
It’s almost as if there’s something going on there, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.