Sunday, June 28, 2020

Two photographs by Patrick Semansky of a man in a suit and tie

In the first photograph, his expression is serious. His suit and tie and flag lapel are the uniform of his power. He holds up a bible in front of the church he walked to after the park was cleared by tear gas and police. He thinks his performance is under his control. – In the second photograph, which he must know will be taken, his expression is exhausted. The uniform of his power is no longer uniform, no longer powerful: his tie loose, his collar open, his suit wrinkled, unbuttoned. He crumples a cap as he leaves his helicopter. He doesn't look like he still thinks his performance is under his control. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 28 June)

[The photographs were taken on 1 June and 20 June.]

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