|Bush counselor Karen Hughes, left,
national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, center, and
Cheney monitored the situation from the White House operations center.
(David Bohrer -- White House via AP)
The photograph and caption above were published by the Washington Post (June 18, 2004). At
this moment in history wise people doubt every photograph that the White House releases. So,
if one were to regard this photo as a fake what are some things that could be
said in dispute of it?
- The facial expression of the woman in navy blue behind
Condoleeza Rice seems wrong; the tension in her face seems contrived.
- Ditto, the facial expression of Karen Hughes, leaning over on the left. Her
somewhat calm face does not match the tension in her body language, which
also looks contrived.
- The White House operations center is
described as an underground "fortified command and
control structure (CNN, 09/11/01)".
- Since it is an underground emergency bunker why is there a seal that
says "President of the United States"? After all, emergency bunkers are
used in emergencies.
- It also seems very contrived that Dick Cheney would be taking a call that the
rest of the group is extremely interested in underneath this seal. After all,
the first impression this composition makes to this author is in suggesting
that the group is taking a call from the President. That creates a sense
of team-work and control over the situation.
When we realize that the visual objects, particularly the seal, are reinforcing
the suggestion that the President is on the phone the entire composition
- The focal point of this composition is Condoleeza Rice, in the image center. Her
expression signifies to this writer that she's digging really deep to
comprehend what's going on and how she can handle the situation.
In good movies, every
frame is a composition and every object serves to reinforce
the mise en scene. How come this supposedly real composition tells so much of a story?