People with their arms crossed in front of things they’re against: a taxonomy of the Star’s favourite visual cliché

People with their arms crossed in front of things they’re against: a taxonomy of the Star’s favourite visual cliché

Two things are inevitable in a big city: constant change, and constant opposition to change.

Local media outlets have a tough time depicting the latter. How do you photograph local residents’ ill will toward the newest sources of perceived aggravation in their neighbourhoods? Some newspaper photographers have mastered an effective visual cliché for use in these situations: a picture of the aggrieved party standing strong, arms crossed, in front of the object of his or her ire (or the vacant locale it’s planned to occupy). No one is better at this bit of inventive visual grammar than our city’s own newspaper of record, the Toronto Star. Observe: