- A photo of Joe and Jill Biden meeting with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter last week has confused the internet.
- Bidens appears to rise above the former first couple in a photo taken at Carter’s Georgia home.
- A particular method of photography and the framing of the image is probably responsible for the sub.
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The Internet burned Monday night after former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter’s nonprofit organization, Carter Center, shared a curious-looking picture of President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden posing with the former first couple last week in Georgia.
Like something out of a strange house, both Bidens seem to rise significantly above Carter, resembling miniature figures sitting in their chairs.
The picture seems to suggest that Bidens is twice as large as the non-agaran pair.
So if Bidens are not giants and Carters are not small, what makes up for the bizarre image?
According to The Washington Post and BBC News, a probable method of photography and the framing of the image is probably responsible for the illusion.
The photographer’s use of a wide-angle lens caused Bidens, which is close to the edge, to magnify. Meanwhile, Carters, who is sitting in the middle of the frame, looks “pushed back”, BBC photo editor Phil Coomes told the outlet.
Marlena Sloss, a freelance photographer, told The Post that a strong flash also contributed to the effect. The flash reduces shadows, which play a role in giving depth to photographed objects.
Carters are both leaning back in their chairs while Bidens appears to be kneeling forward, giving the illusion that the two couples are side by side and on the same plane, Sloss told the outlet.
Bidens met with Carter’s home in Plains, Georgia, during a trip to the state last week. It was the first time the two Democrats, who have a decade-long bond, have met in person since Biden’s inauguration.
The meeting was held privately, according to Yahoo News, as Jimmy Carter, 96, suffers from health problems that have affected his ability to hear and speak.
Carters is set to celebrate 75 years of marriage later this year.
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