The New York Times broke digital ground at Monday’s presidential inauguration with a stunning picture identifying hundreds of those in attendance.
The interactive photograph,
which the Times posted on its website, was easily clickable to allow viewers to identify their home-state representatives and senators, along with a smattering of celebrities in attendance.
As with any group picture, some may not be too happy with the results — Hawaii’s new Sen. Maizie Hirono, for instance, seemed to have a laptop open obscuring her face at the vital moment, while HUD secretary Shaun Donovan appeared to be scanning the crowd rather than concentrating on his boss’s speech.
The picture also captured some interesting fashion statements as the attendees fought off the cold. Wisconsin Republican Rep. James Sensenbrenner chose a yellow bobble-hat to wear to the inauguration while Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch sported a huge white Stetson.
Many other people are not identified. Who, for instance is the man high in the second tier on the left, whose bright orange hat and scarf pops out from the picture?
But was it a real snapshot in time? According to the Times’ own site,
“This picture comprises photographs taken over a short period of time.”
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