What a lovely bunch of thugs


General Photography

Maybe I shouldn’t call these men thugs, since some people’s thugs are other people’s freedom fighters. These people are Velupillai Prabhakaran (center), head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, and a bunch of assorted rebels, in an “undated handout photograph” by their organization (I found this photo here). What really did strike me about this image was not the people in it, but the way the photo was staged and set up. The lovely background - fluffy clouds on top of a pleasantly blue sky, with those mint-green drapes on top, and in front of all that these people with their weird uniforms and their grim expressions… It’s just so weird and so grotesque (especially given that these people are responsible for hundreds of suicide bombs). I mean what fine-art photographer, or conceptual artist, could have come up with something like this?