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November 5, 2008
It's time for change indeed. A big one too. Barack Obama 02 by =StudioFovea
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Barack Obama 02



From the Obama rally in Madison, WI yesterday. Nearly 20,000 people attended, a record number for the Kohl Center in which the rally was held.

Take a good look, there's a strong chance you're looking at the next president of the United States.

Tech Specs:
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
RAW processed in PS CS 3
Image size
1000x667px 310.17 KB
Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/400 second
Focal Length
200 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Feb 13, 2008, 9:04:09 AM
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:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

I find the teleprompter a bit distracting from the photo at first glance. Obama is sharply focused, as is his sign, while the people in front of and behind him are a blurred metaphor of the general public. Even the large sign amongst the people becomes indistinct, as if the farther one looks from the subject, the more hazy becomes the message - which, in itself, is another fantastic symbol. And after this, I come back to the teleprompter. It stands as firm and solid as the subject declaring his message of change. I can assume, in my own interpretation of this photo, that the conflicting association between the message of change and the rote reading of a teleprompter is in fact a deeper meaning - that change cannot happen without a solid, structured platform to begin with. But then, I might be reading into it too much. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":o" title=":o (Eek)"/>_O:

In a sentence, I feel the teleprompter detracts from the visual quality of the picture, but adds immensely to the depth of the combined elements.

Vision: If your intent was simply to push your political preferences, I would not even be going so far as to write a critique. I would infer from your responses to the many (unnecessary) politically-charged comments that you present this as art with a message, not an agenda.
Originality: It's a picture of people, but the sharp focus on the subject and his message lends it something more.
Technique: Focus vs blur is the technique, I think, and is what makes this picture great.
Impact: This would be easy to rate high just because it's a political piece. However, with the previously-mentioned teleprompter changing this from a simple message to one with far deeper meaning, I think the message itself, not the person, carries the impact of this piece.