I'm going to resist the temptation to read Deep Meaning into this, but consider these two images in light of our recent post about the Sarah Palin spoof picture. The first one (titled "Will one be wanting fries with that?") is a jokey commentary on hard times reaching the financial markets in Britain:
The second is Annie Leibovitz's portrait of Queen Elizabeth. However, despite being nominally an "environmental portraitist," Leibovitz didn't photograph the Queen in front of either a real or a painted backdrop. Here's what Leibovitz says of the picture in the current (October 2008) issue of Vanity Fair: "I was thinking of one of Cecil Beaton’s last pictures of the Queen. A very stark and simple and strong portrait in which she’s wearing a boat cloak. We went back into the anteroom, where the gray canvas backdrop had been set up, and she took off the tiara and put on the cloak. That’s the shot we digitally imposed on pictures of the garden."
Hmm. Food for thought.
Mike (Thanks to Peter Church and M.M.)
Diego Velázquez, Las Meninas (The Maids of Honor), 1656