LBJ, the Media, and God

In Uncategorized on February 12, 2011 at 2:50 PM

This is a photo of Lyndon B. Johnson the 36th president following JFK’s assassination. It was taken by Yoichi Okamoto. LBJ was the tallest president standing at 6’4. He often used his stature as a way to intimidate when in a conversation.* LbJ used the bullies pull pit to his advantage when speaking and received his desired attention always. This is probably the reason the photographer got such a photo out of him. LBJ looks almost like a personification of God. And if not that, which was an exaggeration, a King embracing his people. Okamoto, probably knowing the type of person LBJ was at the time, went behind him, laid down, and captured this incredible photo of him.

Okamoto’s photo hits on very important points that Dennis Vandel, Friday’s journalism 201 guest speaker, spoke about. Vandel spoke about the importance of  faces and how the most significant characters of your photo take up 1/3 of the shot. LBJ is the subject of Okamoto’s shot and it takes up 1/3 of the photo. Vandel’s explanation on faces and there importance can still be pointed out here. Even though your subject doesn’t have a face his/her significance can still be understood. What I am trying to say is that Okamoto made a photo that portrays LBJ as bigger than life. The fact that the viewer cannot see LBJ’s face only adds to Okamoto’s portrayal of LBJ. In many religions God is not supposed to have a face, actually an identity. The fact that we use the word “He” to describe God is just a commodity. Not having a face and having a crowd at your feet giving you their attention makes you a seem like “God” in photography.



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