When it comes to social distancing and the dialog about coronavirus, the camera can lie

When it comes to social distancing and the dialog about coronavirus, the camera can lie
The same Copenhagen street photographed from different perspectives. (Image: Philip Davali / Olafur Steinar Rye Gestsson / Ritzau Scanpix)

[Ed. – This story, which is a Google translation from the Danish, is an eye opener. The interior of the article contains other paired photos.]

The risk of coronavirus infection has made us all more aware of whether we ourselves — and others — are too close to each other.

As you know, a picture says more than a thousand words. So that is why pictures of assembled Danes have played a part in the media.

This has caused photographer Ólafur Steinar Gestsson and a colleague to take a trip around Copenhagen to take pictures of people enjoying the good April weather — and although the two photographers pressed the camera button pretty much at the same time, the results were quite different.

The explanation for the difference lies in the choice of angle and different camera lenses: one is taken with a telephoto lens, the other with a wide-angle lens. The two lenses are “the extremes of the equipment you can use,” says Ólafur Steinar Gestsson.

(h/t Byron York)

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