Tuesday, June 27, 2006
City Council Catatonia
Behold - I give you every photojournalist's worst nightmare: the protracted city council meeting! Actually, any static gathering of policy wonks is enough to make the average news shooter yearn for a Bigfoot sighting to run on. It's not that we behind the lens don't appreciate the machinations of our democracy - it just makes for lousy television! Still, one can make art of assembled bureaucrats, if there are enough reflective surfaces in the boardroom. In today's case, the desktop was buffed to a dull finish, forcing me to search for obsessive paper-shuffling and contorted facial expressions to fill the aesthetic gap - not an easy task when your eyes are glazing over. Luckily, these civil servants kept on target and hammered out the city budget just before I resorted to making shadow puppets with my camera's top-light. Whew! Remind me next time to grab that tattered paperback out of Unit 4 before I allow myself to be sequestered with the City Council. After all, these fine folks aren't nearly as scary or entertaining as the County Commisioners' monthly tantrum-fests. Those people are whack!