Thursday, December 22, 2005

Candid Camera ...

In another day or two, we'll wrap up the last of those old chestnuts that fill newspapers and television broadcasts this time of year ... stories about safe Christmas lighting, keeping to a budget while shopping, keeping to a healthy lifestyle in the midst of holiday indulgences, and THE must-have toy that turns the calmest of us into crazed shopping animals.

Next week, we'll be in the midst of those old chestnuts that fill newspapers and television broadcasts through that time of year ... year-end retrospective pieces, looking back upon the best - and the worst - the year had to offer.

I'd like to recommend one on
msnbc.com. It's called, simply, "2005: Year in Pictures." What makes this one especially interesting, to me, is that it presents two slide shows ... one of the Editors' Choices for the years best photos, the other of Your Choices for the year's best photos (which include the one shown here, by Diana Mulvhill of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. While there is some overlap (some photos appear in both slideshows), they represent, for the most part, two different interests, values, preferences, definitions of 'Best,' etc.

Be Warned: The "Editors' Choice" slideshow contains some graphic images.

CLICK HERE for the slideshows' intro page. I'd be interested in hearing what you think of the two different visions presented.

2 comments:

Eric said...

Jeff, I guess the biggest difference I could discern between the two is that the Editor's Choice selections tend to include more "storyline shots"...photos with a compelling -- or controversial -- backstory. The Reader's Choice had a few of those, but more often tended to be simply dramatic or beautiful photos. I find neither to be inherently superior to the other, and some of the photos were a combination of both philosophies (the gasoline prices reflected in the raindrops, for example).

My favorite? The shot of one of the moons of Saturn. Breathtaking, unobtainable, imagination-provoking...

Jeff said...

Eric, thanks for stopping in ... hope your Christmas was a merry one. I appreciate your sharing your thoughts on the photos ... that shot of Saturn IS awesome, and was one of my favorites, too.