I am among many who have been following the statements and pictured appearances of individuals who appear on printed pages and on visual screens in the political arena. The news stories and glimpses of faces change day-by-day, and even by the minute. Whether this concerns the approval of a nominated person for a seat on the U. S. Supreme Court or who may occupy a state legislative or Congressional seat (or who may be running for any elected position), facial appearances can and do shape political opinion.
Mythology had Helen of Troy be the face that launched a thousand ships. The storytelling ancients must have known how powerful a face could be in a person's regard for another. Times have not changed much in comparing then to now.
Remember, a photo accompanying a political story is just a "picture in time," a sample of that person. Photographers can capture an angry, sad, hurt, haughty, or any unseemly face and can, just as well, obtain a picture of a person showing confident, strong, composed and cheerful qualities. All you have to do is click away with the camera enough, assemble your results, and pick either a complimentary photo or one that does not show the person in a favorable light.
I have noted the above for many years. I sometimes laugh at the selection of pictures. It could definitely be a form of political influence. May we as voters be aware of this and use a broad basis in forming opinions that lead to making choices in the voting booth.
Wehler lives in Moorhead.