Photo: Misha Galustov. Apartment in a destroyed building in the Staropromislovsky district of Grozny. Chechnya - August 2008

Photo: Misha Galustov. Apartment in a destroyed building in the Staropromislovsky district of Grozny. Chechnya - August 2008

This week, I began my Monday Convergence project. Each week I’ll post two images side-by-side. It’s a bastardisation of Lawrence Wechsler’s art historical method which begins with compositionally similar images and extracts hidden mirrored narratives. It can be reduced to whimsy but it can as easily concoct entirely novel appreciations. Anyways, I felt this one couldn’t wait till Monday.

I was rifling through my Google Reader and the latest entries from the MSF Photoblog and Flak Photo came up in rapid succession.

Untitled (Man on Ledge with Baby), Nebraska, 2009. Photo © Bradley Peters

Untitled (Man on Ledge with Baby), Nebraska, 2009. Photo © Bradley Peters

The first image is by Mikhael (Misha) Galustov. The second by Bradley Peters. Both these images are panic inducing, but for very different reasons.

It’s a comparison of dank darkness vs. hard flash illumination; of a grasping baby vs. a grasping adult; of an infant’s unknown target vs. ‘Get baby at all cost’; of sinister solitude for an infant vs. the intervening presence of an adult; of forsakeness vs. salvation.

Both images have me wondering what the involvement of the photographer is/was before, during and after. Through the frozen action of the scene one feels compelled to intervene. We can’t, but the photographer can … could … did he?

Permanent URLs: Peters at Flak & Galustov at MSF