Two Etonians Well-Captured on Film

The Telegraph really covered itself in glory last Friday by printing a few selected photos of the Cameron-Johnson tennis match on the front page with minimal text. The men and their styles have been compared in countless essays and news articles, but somehow all those words don’t convey as much as these well-shot and well-chosen images. Both are Etonians, but only Cameron exudes the polish and apparently unshakeable composure that many people associate with an upper-class upbringing. Those traits make some Britons see Cameron as a natural leader and make others want to mess up his hair, rumple his suit and slide him through the mud. Johnson in contrast shakes out his own hair, rumples his own suit and takes a long joyous dive through the mud before you can even open your mouth. That makes some Britons see him as “clownish“, to use our own James Wimberley’s word, but leads others to regard him as a regular, likeable down-to-earth bloke.

These photos capture all that and more, one of the few cases where I got more information from a physical newspaper story than from its longer and hypertexted version available on line.

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College London. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over thirteen thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.

5 thoughts on “Two Etonians Well-Captured on Film”

  1. Vance Maverick: To quote myself “The men and their styles have been compared in countless essays and news articles, but somehow all those words don’t convey as much as these well-shot and well-chosen images.” The photos capture the way these two people come across, the reactions people have to them isn’t visible in the photos really.

  2. A selection of Boris Johnson quotes.
    His Wikipedia entry is worth a look. Extract:

    In a 2006 column, Johnson likened Conservative leadership disputes to “Papua New Guinea-style orgies of cannibalism and chief-killing” and was criticised in Papua New Guinea. The nation’s High Commissioner invited him to visit the country and see for himself, while remarking that his comments might mean he was refused a visa. Johnson suggested he would add Papua New Guinea to his global apology itinerary, and said he was sure the people there “lived lives of blameless bourgeois domesticity in common with the rest of us.”

    The Eton training tells. He is a much classier political comedian than Donald Trump.

  3. It’s funny how our visual systems work. I misread the headline as “Two Estonians”, and couldn’t figure out for the life of me why there was a picture of Cameron down there…

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