The photograph above is a well tried and tested media trick; the expression on Stone’s face says it all. How would you like to walk into this man in a dark alley? Or a quiet country lane? The reality of course is that it is very easy to take unflattering photographs of anyone. A photograph of a man horsing around at a party can be used to make him look like an idiot. A photograph of a woman making a sexual gesture can be used to portray her as a slut. And a photograph of a man sitting in a police cell charged with heinous crimes, or in a prison van after his conviction...well, you wouldn’t look very happy either, would you? It has often been said that the camera doesn’t lie; the truth is that the camera has lied since the inception of photography. American con man William Mumler was producing spirit photographs back in the 1860s.
The two photographs below paint a different portrait of Michael Stone. The side shot shows a man who looks somewhat older than he actually is, while the shot of him holding a cigarette could be anyone’s drinking pal.
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