Biden Carter: What’s going on in this picture?
|bbc.com 04 May 2021 at 15:31|
It seems to show Joe Biden and his wife Jill towering over ex-President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter at their home in Plains, Georgia, last week.
Whilst Mr Biden is indeed slightly taller than Mr Carter, the image seems to be the result of distortion caused by using a wide-angle lens, says BBC picture editor Phil Coomes.
This has resulted in those close to the edge of the frame being enlarged, whilst pushing back those in the middle.
It s an optical effect that photographers can use to their advantage, or as in this case, it can create an artificial rendering of a scene.
The effect is also exaggerated by the fact that Mr Carter is leaning back, while Mr Biden is kneeling some way in front of Mrs Carter.