Miliband and the naked ladies
Picture originally from The Times but found in The Daily Mail
Well done Miss Goggin
There has been a fair bit of Twittering “tweats” and giggles over this picture which has appeared in the press showing South Shields MP David Miliband and his wife Louise looking relaxed in their Primrose Hill living room under what some might describe as a “salacious” painting. I’m not at all bothered by their choice of furnishings or decorations, just so long as the tax payer isn’t funding them, unlike someone at The Daily Mail who said:
‘There is no way I would have that on my wall. It is a bit smutty and sleazy and looks like it ought to be in a pole-dancing club rather than the home of the British Foreign Secretary.’
However, remember this was The Daily Mail, and my libertarian leanings say that a liberal mind will see artistic expression in a far different light in comparison to those with a closed mind.
No, I was far more interested in the story about how and why this picture was taken. I have to tip my hat to Naomi Goggin, winner of The Times Canon Young Photographer of the Year 2010; her fortitude, determination, and the sheer guts displayed by such a young waitress is admirable and heart warming. As someone with more than just a passing interest in photography I am highly impressed with her desire to be a “winner” and her sheer brass neck in deciding to knock on the Milibands’ door on the day of that famous announcement. To cap it all, she got her shot after fumbling around with an unknown tripod found by David’s wife, in uncertain light, with nervous and shaking hands – the girl did well, extremely well, under the circumstances.
When one joins in the “scrum” of full time professional photographers chasing down a story, one is always conscious of other eyes upon you, the adrenalin rush begins, the heart beats faster, and the brain hurries along trying to keep to the beat – it can be so easy to do something stupid, set the wrong iso speed, choose a wrong aperture, set a shutter speed which is too long for shaking fingers, spoil it all with a huge burst of flash, I’m sure Naomi knows exactly what I mean, sometimes you get it right, and sometimes it just goes plain wrong. After all, those prying eyes have been at it for years, and getting paid for the pleasure (or pain if they fail to come away with a newsworthy picture), it does just make you wonder why none of them had her nerve.
Anyway, congratulations Naomi for managing to find a winning picture amongst such a massively strong field, on a day of intense media feeding frenzy!
And now to a couple of the “lighter entries”.
Meanwhile I am pleased to note that this picture has been chosen by Sterling Publishing in the USA for inclusion in a book authored by Prof. Jim Bell of Cornell University to be titled “The Space Book: 250 Milestones in the History of Astronomy”, which should please the young artists of South Shields’ Customs House no end!