German athletes train for the canoe slalom in Rio de Janeiro,
all frenzied movement and frothy water.
Women wait for sterilization at a hospital in Caracas,
looking through folders of paperwork.
Mothers sit on the grass in a park in Bogota,
breastfeeding their babies in public
and cheerfully giving the thumbs-up to the photographer.
Windows 10 offers me some odd things, but perhaps none odder than this: photographs from around the world, taken (or published online, at least) in the last 24 hours. It’s part of the news feed on my Start menu, sort of a day in the life of the world.
Women in saris wail in the street
as a civilian killed by police bullets is carried to his funeral.
A man is caught in close-up, all sweaty-browed,
during a gymnastics training routine in Rio.
UN-backed Libyan fighters rest on a beach
before firing a shell from a Soviet tank at ISIS fighters.
The photos have nothing in common – not one to the next, and not as a whole.
An Emirates Airlines airplane burns on a runway in Dubai.
London bobbies stand in front of a forensics tent
protecting the site of a knife attack.
A Colombian goalie dives for the ball in a women’s soccer match,
presumably in Rio again.
Well, they have this in common: They’re all related to current events or to celebrities of some sort.
The Governor of La Paz poses beneath signs
proclaiming the objectives of his hunger strike,
now in its tenth day.
Hillary Clinton poses with two ties,
to make a point about Donald Trump’s outsourcing practices.
Mariah Carey poses with some buff, half-dressed men
for a reason not clear to me even with the caption.
And they have this in common, too, I guess: None of them are related to me or to my life, at least not in any meaningful way.
Three wrecked vehicles sit together
on the sagging roof of a bombed-out car repair centre in Syria.
Five family members in Wales stand together
with their lottery cheque for 61 million Euros.
Fifteen or so sailboats jostle together,
apparently in training for a race. Rio again?
What I am to make of all this, I do not know. I do know that the ones I like best are quirky, with no fire, violence, death, celebrity, politics, lottery, or Olympics link.
A boy wearing a red plastic mask
walks through an industrial area in India.
“A boy wearing a red plastic mask
walks through an industrial area in India.”
All right, then.
With a sharp-looking jet in the background,
two men in flight suits stand on a runway in Ukraine,
holding model jet planes above their heads at the same angle.
“Jet pilots practice manoeuvres.”
It’s cool to see all these images from around the world, but it’s weird, too. It’s not 24 hours in any one person’s life but it is, somehow, our collective day, or little snippets thereof.
And so, you know, it got me to thinking. What photos and captions would I use to illustrate my day?
I have some work to do to make it onto Reuters, but at least it’s my life, not an amalgam of other people’s moments.