Tuesday, May 23, 2006

I'm Ready for My Close-Up Mr. DeMille

There seems to be a disturbing trend brewing among magazines to use extreme close-up portraits on the cover. These extreme shots are often post-processed, making the subject look scary, evil or maniacal (pick one).

Politicians seem to be popular subjects for this kind of treatment. Recent cover subjects include former Vice President Al Gore (who appears to be a favorite).

I can understand the urge to be creative, but these portraits are less than flattering to the subject. While that's probably the point with most of these shots, it's a disturbing trend nonetheless.

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