Sunday, July 24, 2011
Carlos Gimenez's Kodak moment
"So remember, every picture tells a story don't it." -Rod Stewart
I love this picture.
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado posted it on his Facebook page this afternoon.
Regalado is posing with Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez.
The photo was taken today at the City of Miami's 115th birthday celebration at Mary Brickell Village.
To the casual observer it might just look like another boring picture of two politicians.
But, there's so much more going on.
Let's analyze it.
The first thing that jumps out at me is how closely Regalado is standing next to Gimenez.
I've photographed quite a few weddings over the years and I don't think I've ever seen any of the newlyweds standing this close together. (Legal note: In 27 states and the District of Columbia, it's illegal to do with your left hand what Regalado may be doing in this picture.)
In a gallery of pics from the event that are posted on the Miami Herald's website, it appears that Gimenez was more successful in avoiding being photographed in close proximity to Regalado.
Now, look at their smiles
Regalado is grinning like a Cheshire cat, obviously pleased that Gimenez would even consider posing with him.
Gimenez, on the other hand, can only manage a weak smile and he looks like he'd rather be somewhere else. Certainly anywhere but here; joined at the hip with Tomasito.
Now, let's look at the positioning. It looks like Gimenez is trying his best to hide behind that tower of cupcakes.
Who can blame him?
I wouldn't want to be photographed with Regalado either. After all, this is a guy who has more baggage than the arrivals carousel at MIA.
Anyway, a little advice for Mayor Gimenez. Be careful who you pose with in the future.
Pictures are forever...and they can come back and haunt you. Just ask the guy on the far left.
Posted by Bill at Sunday, July 24, 2011