iPlayer Day: Our favourite iPlayer pictures
Earlier I introduced you to the iPlayer Picture Desk. Below they describe their most memorable stills on the service.
This image is a publicity still from My Zinc Bed starring Uma Thurman and broadcast on 27th August 2008. It has nothing to do with the star and everything to do with composition and lighting which together create a powerful yet sensitive image. It also works with the 'Click to Play' icon which, in this instance, doesn't distract from the image.
This image is from The Congress Library and free for public use. Downloaded from Picture Publicity. It was used to illustrate American Future with Simon Schama, on 24th October 2008. The reason why I like is because is classic, powerful, a simple family portrait that tell a whole story. There is no hope, no future on the expressions of the woman and the child's eyes
This image was used to illustrate part one of BBC Four's Dance Britannia series, an episode that looks back on the UK ballroom dances of the early 1900s. This image says nothing of the 'moral danger' brought about by dancing through the 'sexualisation of youth', a perception explored in the programme; it is a dignified, graceful photo that captures the romantic essence and sociable spirit of the British dancehall during that time.
This image was downloaded from the Flickr Commons site (http://www.flickr.com/commons/) and is free for public usage. The UFO, an illustration that I rendered in Photoshop, was added to the original image later. It was used to illustrate a programme titled "Into the Wolf's Lair" from BBC Radio 7's programme "Slipstream" on November 23, 2008.
The reason I chose this image as my favourite is because I believe it is the image that most represents my personal taste in photography. I enjoy looking at old snapshots and family photos from years gone by (this image was taken in the 1940s) for not only the content, but the quality of the photography. I love the simplicity of old images, how ordinary moments made extraordinary by the date that they were shot and any discolouration, cracks or tears only validates their authenticity. The addition of the UFO adds to this image by giving it a little mystery and fun.
Ashley Stewart Noble is Picture Editor, BBC Online, BBC Future Media & Technology