It was the type of assignment that makes cynical reporters and photojournalists outwardly groan: Go to the airport and meet 80-year-old twin brothers – one local and the other flying in from Ireland. They hadn’t seen each other in more than 40 years.

There were many reasons for not wanting to go on the job. Most reasons come down to the greatest detriment a journalist can exhibit – previsualization. To cement the buzzkill while driving to the airport, Jack, the reporter and I discussed what we would experience at the reunion – a long wait at the gate (note: This anecdote happened before the airport restrictions mandated by 9/11 in 2001), an excited family, the ancient brothers seeing each other ...

Get Visual Ethics now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.