Thursday, October 16, 2008
Does a Bike Make You Think "Financial Crisis?"
Tonight I was reading an article on Spiegel, (a German news agency) when I noticed a link titled, Photo Gallery: Images of a Crisis? With the following paragraph:
It's not easy to photograph a news event that takes place primarily on the balance sheets of banks. But photographers have to try. What they come up with is often quite creative. Pretty much every stock market story is illustrated with some trader pulling out his hair. This time around, given the global nature of the story, things got a bit more interesting...
As an artist and photographer, my curiosity is of course peeked. So how could I not click over to see how interesting these images really are? I am well aware that an image by itself can or will relay a completely different message than it will when placed in the context of a written story. But I was curious to see if these images were strong enough to tell the story without the written word. I clicked through the images one by one, wrinkling my nose at the ones I judged as failures and giving my patented nod of approval for those I felt that did. When I reach number 19 of the set, I was stopped dead in my tracks. I have posted the image above and ask you, does this image convey financial crisis? It apparently does in Iceland.
For me, seeing a bike, whether standing up or laying on its side has always invoked just the opposite message. For me a bike speaks of freedom. Financial and every other way possible. What does the above image say to you?