- A photo of Joe and Jill Biden’s meeting with Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter last week puzzled the Internet.
- Bidens seem to be towering over the former first couple in a photo taken at Carters’ home in Georgia.
- The specific method of photographing and framing the photo is probably responsible for the oddity.
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The Internet was set on fire Monday night after former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalyn Carter, a non-profit Carter Center, shared a curious photo of President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden posing with the former first couple in Georgia last week.
As something outside the house of oddities, both Bidens seem to rise significantly above the Carters, who look like miniature figures sitting in their chairs.
The photo seems to suggest that the Bidens are twice the size of the neo-Genarians.
So if Bidens aren’t giants and Carters aren’t small, what explains the weird picture?
A specific method of photographing and framing the photo is probably responsible for the illusion, according to The Washington Post and BBC News.
Using the photographer’s wide-angle lens made the Bidens, which are located near the edge, look magnified. Carters, meanwhile, sitting in the middle of the frame, looks “repulsed,” said BBC picture editor Phil Coames.
Marlena Sloss, a freelance photographer, told The Post that the strong flash also contributed to the effect. The flash reduces shadows, which play a role in giving depth to the subjects.
Both Carters are leaning back in their chairs as the candidates appear to be kneeling forward, creating the illusion that the two couples are next to each other and in the same plane, Sloss said at the exit.
Bidens met with Carters at their home in Plains, Georgia, during a trip to the state last week. For the first time, the two Democrats, who have been in a long-standing relationship, met in person after Biden’s inauguration.
The meeting was held in private, according to Yahoo News, as 96-year-old Jimmy Carter suffers from health problems that have affected his ability to hear and speak.
The Carters will celebrate 75 years of marriage later this year.
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