US press review by Paul Melcher
NY Magazine : Inside Fashion Week. La Perla. Photo:Dina Litovsky
Pointer : A pedestrian walks into wind-driven snow in Boston, Massachusetts February 8, 2013 at the beginning of what is forecasted to be a major winter snow storm. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
NBCnews.com : People sleep on their seats on the train from Guangzhou to Changchun to go back home for the Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, on Jan. 28. Passengers will log 220 million train rides during the 40-day travel season as they criss-cross the country to celebrate with their families, but just as making the trip home can be laborious -- often lasting one or two days -- so can simply acquiring a seat on the train, and every year complaints arise about the inefficiency or unfairness of the system, although an initiative allowing travelers to purchase tickets online aims to curb long queuing times. AFP
Huffington Post: Alessandro Di Meo / EPA Lightning strikes St. Peter's basilica during a storm in the Vatican City on Feb. 11, 2013, the same day Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation.
The Atlantic : An Afghan National Army soldier, assigned to 1st Kandak, 4th Brigade, 201st Corps, searches a local national for explosives and weapons during ANA clearing operations near Jalalabad, Nangarhar province, on January 15, 2013. (U.S. Army/Spc. Ryan Hallgarth)
Iconocast : An ant tests the water with its leg in the Voronezh region of Russia. photo by Vadim Trunov
NY magazine :Inside Fashion Week at Prabal Gurung Photo: Christopher Anderson/Magnum Photos
Palm Beach Post : Chynecia Hudson, 6, of West Palm Beach, reads to therapy dog Shirl, an English Lab, at the Mandel Public Library in downtown West Palm Beach. The program, called Dog Tales, is held once a week, and helps encourage young children to practice and improve their reading skills. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)
Boston.com Riders wait in a bus stop where color-tinted windows collect snow during the storm on Feb. 8 in Portland, Maine. (Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press)
NYTimes : A child waited to unload drums of diesel. In many river communities throughout the delta, the economy revolves around the diesel trade, and children often work at the unloading docks rather than going to school.Photo by Samuel James for Harper's Magazine
Sacramento Bee : Performers from the Portela samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. AP / Felipe Dana
As we look at the photographs that are shown to us, in print magazine, on websites or on the cell phone screens of our coworkers, we absorb a reality that is not ours. Rather than consuming photography, we are consume by it.
Image taken with cameras, wether be it point and shoots or sophisticated high end DSLR do not impact the reality they capture. Only the photographer does.It is not the camera that disrupts the scene, but the action of taking the picture that might affect the course of following events. Nevertheless, they continue their flow, mostly unaware that a scene was extracted from its timeline to be repeated ad infinitum elsewhere, at other times.
The receptor of the image, however, sees his timeline affected. The more powerful the image, the more the image can impact on the continuity of events of the spectator. They will maybe not proceed on doing what they had intended to do, solely based on a photograph they have seen. It could happen immediately, It can happen years from now. It will most certainly happen. Thus, while taking photograph can be more of a spectator sport, viewing them is, even if it doesn't seem like it, an active one. The more images we see, the more our lives become affected by them. In the end, a lot of what we end up doing, or not, is in direct consequence of photographs that we have seen at one time or the other. Since , quite like we can not tune out the sounds around us, we almost cannot tune out the photography seen by us, it is important to reckon that we are the ones being consume.