The Baton Rouge photograph: An example of how pictures say a thousand words

Sometimes, it takes one powerful image to tell a story a million words might fail to. The Baton Rouge photograph is a perfect example of that.

FP Staff July 11, 2016 21:03:37 IST
The Baton Rouge photograph: An example of how pictures say a thousand words

It all began last Tuesday, when Alton Sterling, 37, a black man selling CDs was shot dead by police outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The second victim was 32-year-old Philando Castile, who was shot dead, again by the police, at a routine traffic stop in suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota the next day.

In retaliation, a black US military veteran opened fire on police, killing the officers, while they were trying to subdue protesters at the Black Lives Matter movement in Dallas, a demonstration which began a few days after Sterling was shot, triggered because of police brutality against the African-American suspects.

While the protests went on, and dozens got arrested in the Black Lives Matter demonstration, a photo captured by Reuters photographer, Jonathan Bachman, went viral on the internet.

The Baton Rouge photograph An example of how pictures say a thousand words

A demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Reuters

This Jonathan Bachman click has now become an iconic image that addresses the growing issue between Black Americans and law enforcement. The picture is clearly a testimony of the emotion that drives a protester to firmly stand her ground.

The photo was taken outside the Baton Rouge police headquarters, where the protest largely took place on Saturday. It shows a woman dressed in a black dress, who stands calmly at the middle of the road, while two police officers are seen rushing to handcuff her.

Twitterati gave the picture a wide range of adjectives. Here's what a few of them said:

 

Sometimes, it takes one powerful image to tell a story a million words might fail to. For example, in September 2014, while the police fired tear gas on the thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators while they pursued the Hong-Kong Umbrella movement that brought parts of central Hong-Kong to a standstill, a protester stood his ground amid the gas.

The Baton Rouge photograph An example of how pictures say a thousand words

A pro-democracy protester stood strong as police fired tear gas Hong Kong government headquarters. Getty

Another example of a powerful picture dates back to the Turkish riot in Taksim Square that happened on 28 May, 2013. Here, a policeman was seen showering tear gas at a woman, who stood in her red dress, unarmed in a garden. There was a series of pictures that showed the woman turning away and still continuing to be at the receiving end of the officer's wrath. That image became a symbol of the Turkey protests.  

The Baton Rouge photograph An example of how pictures say a thousand words

The girl in the red dress took the policeman's tear gas shower on her face. Reuters

When we go back to the death of Micheal Brown, an unarmed African-American who was shot dead by a white police officer, we also revisit the picture that trended with the story, that had sparked huge protests in the US, in August 2014. It again shows an unarmed man being at the armed policemen's weapon end.

The Baton Rouge photograph An example of how pictures say a thousand words

An unarmed demonstrator faces the police officers as they come towards him. AP

Well, this Jonathan Bachman image of the lady calmly holding her posture is another addition to this historic list of stories that was captured in a single frame, and spoke more than a million words. 

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