Hey, from the back you could be the pope!

April 1, 2010

Hey, Blog Guy! It’s me, that aspiring photojournalist you’ve been mentoring…

You say mentoring, I say avoiding… What do you need to know today about the exciting field of news photography?


They sent me to the Vatican to get shots of the pope, and I wanted you to critique them. So what do you think?

Um, where is he?

POPE/He’s right there, Blog Guy! Behind those palm leaves. Look, you can see his eye and some of his hair.

Didn’t you get anything that shows a little more of him?

Of course! Look at this other shot. You can sort of make out the back of his head through that cloud of incense.

Look Kid. You need to show the pope’s face. Let’s say a guy knocks at my door right now, and says he’s the pope. Your pictures don’t help me figure out if he’s telling the truth or not, do they?

Well, I guess you could just ask to see some ID. Or you could light some incense and then tell him to turn around…


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Pope Benedict XVI leads the Palm Sunday mass in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican March 28, 2010. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Benedict XVI is engulfed in incense smoke as he arrives to lead the mass in memory of John Paul II on the anniversary of his death in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican March 29, 2010. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi


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smokin’ Pope.. hehehe 😀

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Hmmm….. no offense to the holy man… but how should be useful to me?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Given recent events in the Catholic Church, I thought these may be pictures of the Pope’s ‘hiding from reporters’ training, which includes:
1. pretending to be a tree
2. disappearing in a puff of smoke

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

Nosmo…that cracked me up! You’re most likely right!!



Posted by egeria | Report as abusive

Mr. B., what if the pope wants to back his popemobile into a parking spot?

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

If the anitchrist were to park on your lawn then obviously he is a pretty crappy driver. I wouldn’t put too much stock in his antichristing abilities then.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

[…] Regardez ici, Kid. Vous devez montrer le visage du pape. Disons un mec frappe à ma porte en ce moment, et dit qu'il est le pape. Vos photos ne sont pas m'aider à comprendre s'il dit la vérité ou non, qu'ils font? URL article original: http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 10/04/01/hey-from-the-back-you-could-be- the-pope/ […]

Posted by Hey, à l'arrière vous pourriez être le pape! | Report as abusive

As a kid I once had an encounter with a so called “curb”, or rather my skull did. Apparently “curbs” do not allow for easy passage of bicycles onto lawns either.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

I want to go back to bed….

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Thanks Unca… I am gonna be up now… I pwomise..

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