Does this make me look cool?
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.
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.