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In so many ways we insulate ourselves, in our neighborhoods, our schools, even in our own minds. That is why graphic images are difficult to view, they force us to look at a reality without a buffer. I have often been puzzled as to why the story of a drowning on the front page will not draw criticism, but the image will.The "a controversial photograph in December" causes the viewer to ponder their own mortality. Most of us don't want to be in that place. When I viewed the image however, I saw one human taking care of another, and that was good to see. It is a very intimate moment. I wonder if the reader who complained about the photo might be a little afraid. I would be. No one wants to be that vulnerable. As a photographer I have been in these discussions about what is appropriate. They are difficult decisions. It is inevitable some people will be upset. If we are thoughtful, and respectful over time the majority of our readership, while they may disagree, will respect our dedication to telling a story.
The Detroit photo was gruesome! Too much for the front page of a local paper. Though it is real life, the general public doesn't need to see it up close & personal with their eggs & coffee.
Thanks for the feedback. Any thoughts on the Detroit photo?
Absolutely no problem...what is so "graphic" about that photo? Sometimes I think a lot of the problems we have today are related to being too "politically correct".....bad things happen....horrible things happen....but somehow people would rather just not know about these things and live in a fairy tale land. Perhaps if the horror of the things that happen was put out there more, people would get more involved in stopping these horrible things.
Good story and photo, don't see anything to complain about here.