Thank God Not A Liberal
Jeez, I probably thought like Peter Lauffer
back in my lefty days.I've been on the receiving end these last few days of some harsh criticism for saying San Francisco Chronicle photographer Darryl Bush's exquisite photograph of a solider leaving his girlfriend for Iraq was quasi-pornographic.
My critics are correct. I erred by suggesting it's quasi-pornographic. Drop the quasi. Bush's extraordinary snap is a spectacular example of the type of photograph Henri Cartier-Bresson characterized as a "decisive moment." But as used by the Chronicle, an image that in other contexts could be art or simply news reportage, becomes pornographic.
While it's refreshing to hear a liberal come out against pornography, here's the picture he finds so disgusting: