Sometimes what seems simple and straightforward - like this iron gate on the design workshop at Sagrada de Familia, Barcelona - can become unhinged. It's easy enough to take a fact, twist it a certain angle, polish it this way or that and manipulate it into something else entirely, i.e. the kaleidoscope below.
Please remember that when you're reading or watching the news these days, particularly the stories coming out of Washington, D.C. Rarely have I seen such abysmal excuses for journalism as the mainstream media's second-guess coverage of the first three weeks of the Obama presidency. Seems they expect miracles or at the very least, instant solutions to long-entrenched problems either created or worsened by the previous administration. The doom-and-gloom speculation and posturing is unbelievably pathetic; much of it is false and/or misleading. Meanwhile, the Republicans - all but three - sit back and do nothing but spout nonsense. What are they doing to help solve the country's critical woes? Indeed, one has to wonder why they're even being paid salaries, in light of their complete inertia.
For the record, I don't believe in manipulating photos, unless it's for an art project, poster or special effect, i.e. Shepard Fairey's iconic images of President Obama. The only thing I do to my photos is brighten the color, if needed. Usually cropping an image isn't necessary, as I frame the shot when I snap it.
What's your take on manipulation: press, photo or otherwise? Do tell!
On a happier note, this just in: could Emily and Sophie possibly be any more adorable? My globe-trotting friend and his young Russian partner are lucky, lucky, lucky to have these gorgeous cherubs!
Yes, all you excellent purveyors of baby clothes, diapers, formula, toys, etc., the twins might be available for advertising campaigns. Serious queries only, please. :)