The concept was simple, but the execution was delicate.
The idea was to take portraits of politicians that revealed their true feelings, to capture split seconds of real, reactive emotion before the mask came down and the politician-subject put on a face for the camera. Walkley Award-winning Fairfax Media photographer Nic Walker, in a joint project with Instagram and Facebook, wanted to take stop-motion images that would go together to make a "moving portrait", in both senses.
The question was, how to elicit emotion from politicians who are as practised at posing as they are at reciting slogans? And during an election campaign when the politicians (and their teams) obsessively control their own images?
Walker hit upon the idea of showing his subjects photographs of people or things that would elicit an emotional response.
He used a tele-prompter to flash the politicians images of their children and grandchildren, their partners and their political nemeses, both from the other side and from within their own parties.
Julie Bishop was shown a picture of the women from Sex and the City. One politician was shown a glamorous shot of pop star Mariah Carey.
Another (you can probably guess who) got a pic of former prime minister Kevin Rudd.
Some took the experience more playfully than others. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce was happy to have gotten off lightly.
Federal election 2016: Politicians drop their guard on Instagram
WHAT happens in the polling booth usually stays in the polling booth. Not this time. Overheard at the polling booths
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The 2016 election is remarkable in two ways. First, more than at any time in the past 20 years, the two parties have presented strongly opposed policy platforms reflecting underlying ideological differences on economic policy, symbolic (bankers vs unionists) and substantive (upper income tax cuts) class issues, climate policy, equal marriage and more. On the other hand, having set out these differences, the parties have run campaigns that are (because of the eight-week duration) twice as vapid and uninspiring as usual. None of the big issues have been debated seriously. A policy-based election, a policy-free campaign
A report in the UK Sun (Murdoch, but directly quoting a government minister, presumably accurately) quotes UK saying that “senior politicians in [Australia and South Korea] had called [seeking trade deals with the UK] in the past 48 hours“. If that’s true, it seems like a spectacular breach of the caretaker conventions. via johnquiggin.com
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After following politics and elections for over 60 years, it is quite extraordinary to see the Liberal party complaining about the Medicare scare campaign. In a downcast and confusing speech on election night Malcolm Turnbull spoke of the ‘well funded lie campaign on Medicare.’
In fact, I think the ALP is right on the threat to Medicare, although I would have used different arguments. Continue reading
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