Photo of the Week Shatters Expectations

PUBLICATIONS OFFICE – This week marks a grand achievement in the history of photography as the local Photo of the Week section achieved enlightenment on Friday with their first 1x1 pixel image of a reddish gray square.

Leonard Sokolov ‘19 had the opportunity to review an early markup of this week’s photo, and he shared his high praise.

“This is the pinnacle of art. I’ve never seen anything like it, you know? It’s one of those things where you don’t just look at it with your eyes, you have to look at it with your soul.”

The image was originally intended to be a scenic panorama of the fence around Mac Field, but a finger in the way led to the image some (namely the photographer himself) are calling a post-postmodern masterpiece.

Despite his imminent fame, the photographer elected to keep some semblance of privacy, revealing only his first and last name and omitting his class year. Leela Subbakrishna discussed the implications of his first published work:

“I really believe my photograph has the capacity to change Grinnell College, and maybe the world as we know it.”

Subbakrishna went on to describe how he managed to capture what may go down in history as one of Grinnell’s finest published works.

“I was just strolling around Mac field, taking in the stinky Iowa air and just happened to glance at that fence. The light from the crane was glinting off the morning dew, and that soft gray metal just encapsulated all the beauty of the campus. I took a deep breath, steadied myself, held up my Fujifilm QuickSnap 400 Speed Single Use Camera 2000, because real film is the only way to go, and snapped my iconic image.”

It took Subbakrishna several days after taking his initial photo to truly understand the implications of what he captured. Despite this, it seems the campus at large is unaware of what they are about to witness. Barbra Garza‘20 did not share our enthusiasm when asked about the potentially life changing photo.

“I like looking at the photos of the week, but sometimes they have just really low resolution. This guy just took a photo and his finger is covering the lens and that’s getting published? I could probably submit a blank square and get the prize money.”

In all likelihood, Garza has yet to see this earth-shattering piece of art.

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