Well, it’s the end of the year and, of course, the lists are starting to roll out. So, here is a photography related list. The 45 Most Powerful Photos of 2011.
I’m aware that these 10 X lists are just the opinion of the photos and if you ask a 100 different groups or different people, you’ll probably have a whole different group of photos with little in common.
I approached the photos from this point of view: I’d go through all of these photos and see how many of them I like, completely without context. In other words, I’ll give a quick judgement of which ones strike me on their own, completely without context. I came away with about 6 of 45. The rest were just snapshots, I thought, without context, which brings me back to my ‘opinion’ that it is rare that photos can stand on their own without context.
When I’ve brought this up before, I would get reference to the ONE example that might have disproved the point, the well-known National Geographic cover shot, Afghan Girl. It is most certainly a striking photograph, and can stand alone and be admired, but as what? When you add context, it breathes a whole new life into the photograph.
The balance of the photos, 39 of them, needed context, in my opinion. That said, I would say that the title of link could be: 45 of the most provocative/interesting/headline stories of 2011, with photos.
I’m curious as to how many of these do you think can stand alone, in your opinion.
As for this photo, it certainly isn’t one of them. It’s just a shot that I took while standing in line this morning waiting to get my parking permit.