Iconic Images in Mundane Places

Creating an iconic image is not easy, but I’m pretty sure most of them have not been taken at iconic places. That would be like making a symbol of a symbol, and I’m not sure we have much need for those. Instead, iconic images seem to be taken in places we most resonate with, places where daily life occurs—the struggle to earn a living, to find love, to conquer our fears or our demons. Sometimes, as in the case of images captured in New York City during the events of 9/11, the images resonate with the emotional power of the event or place they are capturing. Sometimes they just happen in the mundane quarters of life—unremarkable except that they mirror something profoundly and universally human. Creating an iconic ...

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