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[Mar. 10th, 2008|06:35 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
This is such a great photo:



It's not just the brilliance of Eric going spectacularly mental, but I love the faces of the crowd.

The seen it all before look of the top left bloke.
The man next to him urging the combatants on.
The man in the flat cap whose mouth has literally dropped open.
The partially obscured man gasping with his hand over his mouth.
The man in the light coat leaning forward to get a better look.
The part delighted, part alarmed woman bottom right.
The children, who the media suggested at the time would be traumatised but are obviously taking in every detail to report in the playground the next day.
The Graham Chapman lookalike bottom left.
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[User Picture]From: damnspynovels
2008-03-10 06:51 pm (UTC)
Didn't Ash use that for the cover of Kung Fu?
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[User Picture]From: kjaer
2008-03-10 08:33 pm (UTC)
You're right. There's a little bit of everything there. Compositionally, it reminds me of this:



I have a print of this photograph hanging in my bathroom. (Actually, the print I have shows the same audience, but at a slightly different point in the film; for example, the lady up front is not doing a hyena impression in mine.) It's not just the brilliance of the intensely earnest 1950s film audience, but I also love the faces in the crowd. Each person is dealing with the novelty after his or her own private fashion.
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[User Picture]From: azureskies
2008-03-10 08:42 pm (UTC)
It's the guy in the flat cap that sets me off every time. It's almost like he knew he'd be appearing in one of the greatest sports photographs of the decade.
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[User Picture]From: oldbloke
2008-03-11 09:26 am (UTC)
Looks like he time-warped in from 20 years earlier
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[User Picture]From: oldbloke
2008-03-11 09:25 am (UTC)
Yebbut, which one is a thinly disguised self-portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci?

Edited at 2008-03-11 09:25 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: zagreb2
2008-03-11 10:22 pm (UTC)
You forgot the bloke in the black leather jacket on the right who appears to be some sort of lifesize action figure.
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[User Picture]From: ladymissloki
2008-03-11 10:43 pm (UTC)
It's a great image alright, and brings back the sense of 'WTF?' I felt when the incident happened. The guy sort of deserved it, as I recall, having abused several players during the course of the game. It had a sense of 'Oh gods, it's finally happened- a player's retaliated in spectacular fashion...'

Kind of amused that it was King Eric, one of my all-time sporting heroes.
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