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21 February 2012 @ 04:15 pm
So is it just me . . .  
. . . or does the woman in this picture look like she's lying in a pool of blood?

Note: Pic is not graphic, or anyway not meant to be, but it has, to me, some weird overtones.

If the picture isn't there, try this link: http://pics.livejournal.com/janetmiles/pic/0002d8aw/ .

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Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on February 21st, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
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what doesn't kill me better runcarlyinrome on February 21st, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)

I can see the picture just fine. But you're right; it's kind of odd . . .

Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: iotterfatfred on February 21st, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC)

I see it... and as a swimming pool, not pool of blood.
Those little blue tiles do it for me.
But I live in Florida.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on February 21st, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm sorry -- I meant the red shadow on the red lounge / cushion. And the red petals.
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The World War 1 Flying Acetww1fa on February 21st, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
I think the combination of the subject's position and the bright red does make your mind go to "murder victim". And given that this is a photography magazine, I'd be willing to give 50/50 odds that it's intentional on the part of the photographer.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on February 22nd, 2012 02:11 am (UTC)
I suspect the odds are even higher than that, but yeah.

On the other hand, why?
(no subject) - tww1fa on February 22nd, 2012 05:43 am (UTC) (Expand)
Villiersdianavilliers on February 21st, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
I'm not seeing "lying in a pool of blood."

I am seeing "Uncomfortable pose in an itchy dress" and also clutter.

The blue tiles say swimming pool, but there doesn't seem to be any water. The bouqet on the round tray/table thing is extraneous - we get it already, she's a bride - and the additional shape (round) and texture (wood) interrupt the shape of the model's arm and take up space that would have been better left open, particularly for a magazine cover.

I expect that the red is supposed to read as passion, but from the expression on the woman's face and the position of her arm/hand, all I'm getting is "bad menstrual cramps".

The petals, I don't object to.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on February 22nd, 2012 02:11 am (UTC)
Heh. Yeah, I could read that as "bad cramps".
Violet Tigress: corsetviolet_tigress1 on February 21st, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
A pool of blood...Yes, I can see that.
seawaspseawasp on February 21st, 2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
I don't see a POOL of blood, but blood spatter and dead girl, that I see. I expect to see Horatio Caine stepping into the frame. "It seems the photographer," *puts glasses on*, "got the shot." YYYYEEEEEAAAAAHHHHH!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on February 22nd, 2012 02:10 am (UTC)
Oh, geeze. Yeah, it's a Horatio Caine moment all over.
Shadow/Brookekengr on February 21st, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
Well, what I suspect was *intended* to be a shadow on the cushion *does* look more like a pool of blood. Also, I don't see *anybody* assuming that position naturally. Though I can't aquite see a corpse staying in it either.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on February 22nd, 2012 02:09 am (UTC)
I think it *was* intended to be a shadow. But the position, the color, the spatters -- I'm half tempted to send it off to Sociological Images, which has a sort of ongoing feature about dead-seeming women in advertising.
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Johnjohnpalmer on February 21st, 2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
I think it does. (And I'd assume it was intentional.)
Tom the Alien Cattomtac on February 22nd, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
holy crap!

Yes. It does look like a dead bride. Or a bride who decided to take a nap, after sprinkling rose petals around so they would not look rose-petal-shaped but round-spatter-of-blood shape, after putting her bridal bouquet on the ground near her, and closing her eyes and falling asleep.

[Further ... the "pool of blood" thing works for me on first glance, and for about a second, and of course lingers. But a different part of the brain starts analyzing, and there it gets confused. The shadow, the tiling, and then of course the words and lettering. I have a guess that the red thing is a diving board, right? So does this picture has some hidden meaning about "taking the plunge"? I'm going to take a look at Sociological Images.]

Edited at 2012-02-22 11:37 am (UTC)
Bladerunnerbldrnrpdx on February 22nd, 2012 05:25 am (UTC)
I get "bridal model laying in a seriously awkward on-her-side pose, hovering over a red cushion-thing, which itself is floating over a floor of blue tiles, with the addition of rose petals on the bridal model and on the blue tiles but none floating like the bridal model or red cushion-thing"

To me, the pose is so ridiculously awkward that it doesn't even seem like she's making contact with the cushion-thing. I agree that the tiles look like what you might see at the bottom of a pool, but in this case, there's no water. So... cushion with frame and feet directly under it? diving board? hovercraft trying to get away from her? brachial support as she pretends to be superwoman on her side?

Totally. Don't. Get it.
The Djao'Mor'Terra Collectivefayanora on February 22nd, 2012 08:29 am (UTC)
Only if she and the pool of blood are floating in the air and casting a shadow on the tile floor...
I'm a mocker: Cheeseburgereusashead on February 22nd, 2012 09:12 am (UTC)
I don't see a pool of blood, BUT the magazine title + her position had me seeing the flower stems as the stock of a rifle and the petals as blood spatters. I imagine it's supposed to look enough like a crime scene to get your attention because, ha ha, isn't violence against women FUNNY? Ugh.
Xiphias Gladiusxiphias on February 22nd, 2012 01:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I see it, too.