It's a Man's World?
Photo Credits: Gleb Garanich/Reuters (Ukraine Protests) and CNN.com (NFL Football players)
1. The top image is from a recent protest in the Ukraine. The image was taken as the president signed into law a new anti-protest bill. This new law would make it so that protestors would not be allowed to wear masks or helmets and could not block building entrances. In this photo the police wears the protection that the civilians are not allowed to possess. The Ukrainian president has been criticized for this by Western governments who see this new law as anti-democratic. To read more follow this link: http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/25/new-nfl-concussion-policy-waiting-on-approval/
2. The bottom image comes from an article on CNN.com discussing the latest "NFL sidelines Concussion Exam" made to give a go ahead or not for a player to return to the game. Recently, there has been more talk and controversies about the brain damage caused by playing football. A link to this article can be found here: http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/25/new-nfl-concussion-policy-waiting-on-approval/
Images of violence and the physical protection from that violence are the two most distinct features of these photos for me. Both groups of men work for a greater good of "their" group. The first one for its government and the second for its spectators.
These photos speak directly to the violence in our society, to the violence throughout our history, to the game of war, to a world of winners and losers, owners and laborers.
I'm intrigued by the fact that the face we see of the man in the football helmet has the same look as the men in the police helmets. Their outward gaze makes their inner emotional world seem even more turbulent.