Saturday, March 9, 2013

Reaction

I have always been fascinated by reactions.  By people's in the moment, no time to think, genuine reactions.  There's something so...vulnerable and real in their faces.  You feel the sadness, shock, anger or fear without actually seeing whatever it is that they're witnessing. 

I was watching a really wonderful documentary on the JFK assassination and there's a moment where a group of men and women are huddled around a car radio listening to updates on their president when the newscaster tells them he's died from his wounds.  The group immediately disperses.  A lady in the group gasps and cries and a young man in a trench coat glances at the camera as he turns to leave.  You get a good look at his face and he's angry; furious.  I hit the rewind button and watched it again and again just to see the look on his face.

In photos from events it's not images of the event itself I look at.  I look at the people that were there to see it happen with the moment reflected in their faces.

Challenger space shuttle explosion
September 11th, 2001
The German invasion of France.
Casey Anthony verdict
JFK assassination
 
 
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4 comments:

  1. i love it too. i think it's just precious looking at people's genuine reflex reactions. they send the emotions to us who's watching them too

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  2. These photos gave me chills with the emotions conveyed. Fantastic post!

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