I have to support the use of Raymond's mug shot in this case. The man spent however long on the lam only adding to the allegations piling up against him. That itself becomes newsworthy and the photo illustrates that point. Heck, why isn't more being made out this? It seems like getting accused of a crime then disappearing adds up to a pretty open and close case.
Plus, as easy as it is to play the race card for the NCJ's choice of photo, I doubt that's what they had in mind. When faced with design choices, they chose the most compelling photo—the one that shows a gaunt and disheveled man who just turned himself in after evading the law. If he'd had a clean, run of the mill mug shot, well then, a photo of him engaging in field would probably would've made the cut. He did this to himself, the NCJ just reported the facts.
Addiction is something that takes over our very lives and makes us forget what's truly worth living for. James, I hope you get better soon, buddy.
Thank you Jen Savage for this wonderful series of articles. Too bad about your '92 Honda. I'm getting ready to take my '91 to Modesto next weekend.
What is this? Pot cultural issues aside, these are lousy photographs with an equally lousy artist's statement. I always thought the NCJ was a news mag, not a cut-rate art mag. I guess that's what happens when half the staff is on winter break.
In Print This Week:
Nov 20, 2014
vol XXV issue 47
A Better Life
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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