During all the years I worked in and around publishing it was fairly common to go to a 4-day work week during the summer. Publishers love their long summer weekends and many of them, at that time, lived around New York and Long Island was ground zero for weekends. A 4-day week isn’t quite as glamorous as it sounds since we still had to hit a minimum of 40 hours in order to get that precious Friday off. Despite that, the schedule was highly addictive and reverting back to a regular schedule in the fall was always difficult.
It’s now the middle of the summer and it has been a busy news cycle for publishing this year. For details on that please see my regular weekly column Rick Townley’s World of Books & Publishing on the Washington Times, Communities Section. Horrible name, good column, and I have a reason for unabashedly promoting it here. This week’s column on WTC has a photo (see below) intended to draw attention to the story and give a sense of summertime reading. However there was a choice of two photos, the other shown here as well.
Before going further it must be noted that both pictures are done by professional photographers using professional models and incur professional fees for using them. There is nothing bad, prurient, sexist, pornographic or demeaning to women, men, transgenders, bi/uni/tri/quad/homo/retro/martian-sexual preference creatures of any kind in the photos. However, I did think it would be fun to let you decide which photo you would run if you were the editor. My editor chickened out and left it to me, and you can see which way I went by looking on the WTC site (another unabashed promotion).
Both photos connote summer, the beach, reading, blue skies and the ocean. One has two ladies, back to camera, reading. The other has one young lady facing camera looking up from a book. From a photographic perspective, both photos are about the same topic but have a very different impact on the viewer. So now you are the editor. Your writer has filed a story about how busy the summer is, blah, blah, blah, and you have to choose which photo to run with the column. Over to you:
A. Lady on the beach looking up from book B. Ladies in white, facing ocean, reading
Other than goofing off on a slow Friday, I have an actual reason for posting both of these photos that I will reveal next time. For now, have fun playing newspaper editor and making the decision what to run. Your reward is to be absolved of all guilt for taking this Friday off from work and heading to the beach!