Photographer Takes Pics Of People In Public From 2 Perspectives And It Shows How Easily The Media Can Manipulate Reality

The reality we perceive is subjective to how much and what exactly we know. To visualize that, two Danish photographers have taken the idea to a whole new level.

In times of the current crisis, keeping a safe distance is key. Even if countries are starting to ease restrictions on quarantine, it doesn’t mean it’s over. But how do we know, from the pictures alone, that people are doing what’s right? It turns out, we can’t.

Photographers Ólafur Steinar Gestsson and Philip Davali conducted an experiment for the photo agency Ritzau Scanpix. The Copenhagen-based artists photographed the same people chilling out outside on the same day. Their trick was to use two different perspectives—a wide-angle and a telephoto lens. The pictures show a staggering difference in the distance between these people and make us rethink the things we take for granted.

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Telephoto-lens

Image credits: EPA / Philip Davali / Olafur Steinar RyE

Kristian Djurhuus, the editorial manager at Ritzau Scanpix, who appointed Philip Davali and Ólafur Steinar Rye Gestsson for this shoot, spoke more about the project: “The proximity of people has widely been debated in Denmark in the past weeks. Danish politicians and authorities have frequently referred to images which they believed to show members of the public behaving in disagreement with the general guidelines.”

Wide-angle

Image credits: EPA / Philip Davali / Olafur Steinar RyE

As a national photo news agency that supplies visual coverage on the coronavirus pandemic, “we became aware that our contribution could be misread,” said Kristian. This unique and critical situation has assigned a new meaning to basic technical facts like the choice of angle and perspective. “The technical choices have never been a debatable issue in the history of photography,” Kristian explained.

Telephoto-lens

Image credits: EPA / Philip Davali / Olafur Steinar RyE

Since the issue of misreading photography is completely new, Kristian can’t see why it can be used with ill intent. And this is something we need to be aware of. “As producers of photography, we have a responsibility to draw attention to the fact that images in some cases does not show the proximity of objects as people seem to believe.” Kristian said that the right solution would be to clarify the circumstances in the captions of the images so that they won’t be misread.

Wide-angle

Image credits: EPA / Philip Davali / Olafur Steinar RyE

Telephoto-lens

Image credits: EPA / Philip Davali / Olafur Steinar RyE

Wide-angle

Image credits: EPA / Philip Davali / Olafur Steinar RyE

The wide-angle is similar to the way our eyes see. Ólafur Steinar Gestsson explained to a local Danish website: “it takes wider pictures, and as a photographer, you use it when you are close to what you need to photograph.” Similar types of cameras are built into our iPhones.

Meanwhile, the telephoto lens is the long lens used to photograph press meetings, football matches, and any situation where the subject is far away. “It gets closer to what you are photographing, and in a way, it pulls the subject together,” he said.

Telephoto-lens

Image credits: EPA / Philip Davali / Olafur Steinar RyE

Wide-angle

Image credits: EPA / Philip Davali / Olafur Steinar RyE

Telephoto-lens

Image credits: EPA / Philip Davali / Olafur Steinar RyE

Ólafur told TV2 that viewers should be aware of the lens and equipment photographers used to take a particular picture. “If there was a description in the caption of how the image was taken, the editor would have the freedom to choose.” According to him, photographers “must always keep in mind how we do our job, especially in times of the corona crisis.”

Wide-angle

Image credits: EPA / Philip Davali / Olafur Steinar RyE

This is what people had to say about it

Same Crocodile, Same Place 15 Years Apart- Steve Irwin’s Son Recreates His Father’s Most Iconic Photo

We are living in a world that nothing is guaranteed forever. due to extreme pollution and global warming and harmful thing happening the earth is becoming a big mess. Not only for humans but also for animals. They have been massively going on extinct and unprotected by human harm and evilness.

Nonetheless, the rates of extinction that are currently taking place are actually comparable to the rates that took place when dinosaurs were wiped off of the face of the planet.

However, there is still a ray of hope when it comes to people who actually care about other beings except themselves.

I bet Everyone knows the late, great Steve Irwin. He left behind an incredible legacy. He was a crocodile hunter with a heart of gold. Now, his loved ones are doing their best to carry on the tradition. His children Robert and Bindi have continued their conservation efforts. Irwin’s wife Terri is also heavily involved.

1. Steve Irwin was a crocodile hunter and an activist for wild animal rights.

The Irwin family at the Australia Zoo in June 2006: (L-R) Robert, Terri, Steve, and Bindi
Photo: Australia Zoo via Getty Images

When we remember steve we see that all he ever wanted was that all the animals in the Australian Zoo where he used to work to be treated with the utmost respect. If these animals are not given the chance to hunt down moving prey, they are more likely to become extinct. That’s why the efforts of trained handlers are important. Without their assistance, the crocodiles are unable to feed in the proper manner.

His son Murray made a recreation photo like his father did but 15 years after a very iconic photo of his father feeding the same crocodile. Now, Robert is the one who is responsible for his welfare. The Instagram post went viral and was liked by every animal lover out there. And Robert hopes he can shed light to everyone about animal rights welfare.

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3. His wife and two childrens are continuing his legacy

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