Does this make me look cool?

July 25, 2009

Blog Guy, it’s me. That aspiring photojournalist you’re patiently mentoring.

Yes, yes, what is it now?

I’ve been shooting a lot of politicians and government officials. Should I go for photos of them waving, smiling or what?

Combing. Folks love to see shots of officials combing their hair. If a leader is about to announce your currency has tanked or you’re going to war, his hair should look good, right?

I notice all these examples show males. Are you some kind of a sexist?

No, I just can’t find a single photo of Hillary Clinton or Sarah Palin or Angela Merkel combing or brushing, because women are smart enough to take care of that in private.

It’s only the men who think we want to see some big oily comb disturbing white clouds of itchy dandruff flakes.

I see. Is there a gold standard for this kind of shot?

Yes, it’s a shot of Turkey’s prime minister dropping his brush at a military parade while his wife looks on in disbelief. It’s the Best in Show. Look and learn.

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Above: European Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn combs his hair at a news conference at the Macedonian government in Skopje July 23, 2009. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski

Right: Assorted guys combing their hair. REUTERS photos.

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heheheh cool pictures! You have to look good you know!

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How could you not include the John Edwards “I Feel Pretty” video. Find it here QQ

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“European Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn”Oh Come ON!Where are the Enzyte jokes?!

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At least our last election didn’t feature this possibility as an issue. Obama’s hair is to short, and McCain’s is gone. Three cheers for the USA!

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Capt. Obviousman to the rescue,The reason womwn are never caught combing their hair is they use hairspray, Men on the other hand do not and need to touch up their hair.

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