|Talk to the hands: Sarkozy and Basescu feel each other out|
Sometimes, though, hands cannot be avoided. That would certainly seem to have been the case at the recent European Union Summit in Brussels. Hands were all over the place, and they all apparently had something to say.
The photo above, for instance, shows a confrontation between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Romanian President Traian Basescu over France's plan to remove Roma (gypsy) migrants. (The photo was made by Yves Loggha for Associated Press, and it was featured on the New York Times's Lens blog.) I love the way Basescu's hands highlight Sarkozy's closed visage: It's almost as if the Romanian is feeling for a force field around the French president.
Now look at these other images, which I found on the Corbis website, and see how the story changes in subtle ways...it's a lesson in the dynamics of photographic story-telling.
|The secret European Union handshake: Can we talk?|
|J'accuse: French finger pointing diplomacy|
Below find more handiwork from the photographers at the summit:
|Germany's Angela Merkel and Sarkozy ©Oliver Hoslet epa/Corbis|
|British PM David Cameron and Merkel ©Oliver Hoslet epa/Corbis|
|Leaders of Cyprus, Luxembourg, and Greece ©Benoit Doppagne epa/Corbis|