A Photo for Friday

Magic Square

“Magic Square”

January 17,2015

Jackson Square (New Orleans, LA)

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Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Interesting composition Steven. There is something there that kind of throws me off. I think it’s the out of focus hand reaching froward from the shadow. I find it… Disturbing? Threatening? Especially in juxtaposition with it’s in focus reversed image partner in the crystal ball.

    The overall effect is… Still can’t put the right word to it. I think I really like this pic because of that.

  2. @OzarkHillbilly: The present threatening a bright future?

  3. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Steven L. Taylor: Nah. The past coming back to steal away all the happiness in the present.

  4. Tillman says:

    I got “things only look topsy-turvy from a warped point of view” out of it.

  5. Franklin says:

    What caught my attention was that what you see in the ball, besides the hand, cannot easily be spotted in the direct view. And even the hand appears to become focused in the ball.

  6. al-Ameda says:

    I like your pictures Steven, nice to have a Friday feature.

    Are you looking for captions too?

    Have a good weekend.

  7. @al-Ameda: Thanks. I don’t have a particular goal apart from sharing. I have found the interpretations fun to read. It is gratifying and interesting to hear what people have to say.