An important moral question

This test only has one question, but it’s a very important one. By giving an honest answer, you will discover where you stand morally. The test features an unlikely, completely fictional situation in which you will have to make a decision. Remember that your answer needs to be honest, yet spontaneous. Please scroll down slowly and give due consideration to each line.

You are in Florida; Miami to be specific. There is chaos all around you – a hurricane with severe flooding. When I say severe, I mean a flood of biblical proportions.

You are a photojournalist working for a major newspaper, and you’re caught in the middle of this epic disaster. The situation is nearly hopeless, but you’re trying to shoot career-making photos. There are houses and people swirling around you, some disappearing under the water. Nature is unleashing all of its destructive fury.

Suddenly you see a man floundering in the water. He is fighting for his life, trying not to be taken down with the debris. You move closer; somehow the man looks familiar. You suddenly realise who it is. It’s Cristiano Ronaldo!

At the same time you notice that the raging waters are about to pull him under. You have two options: you can save the life of Cristiano Ronaldo or you can shoot a dramatic Pulitzer Prize winning photo, documenting the death of one of football’s most exciting players.

So here’s the question. Please give an honest answer.

Would you select high contrast colour film, or would you go with the classic simplicity of black and white?

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12 thoughts on “An important moral question

  1. I would have to say black and white. At times like this it shows more clarity in the picture and gives a more real perspective. It would totally capture the agony of a drowning man!

  2. If he was wearing his Portugese shirt then definitely colour cos Wayne Rooney wouldn’t be able to tell who it was from black and white.
    And Chris? would you please. get. rid. of. that. apostrophe? Thanks ever so.

  3. You also mis-spelled “exciting”.

    For that sort of dramatic photo, you want to use black and white film.

    I still maintain that it was Sven, not Ronaldo, who got you knocked out, though, but I’ll not rehash that again.

  4. Bah! That is what you get for copy and pasting!!

    I will sort it out as soon as I have the time!

    Actually, Stephen I agree with you. Surprising I know!

  5. Oh yeah, Sven’s fault totally but that doesn’t Ronaldo a nice man make!

  6. Doesn’t everyone prefer the mint green in the middle of the page, as opposed to the vile salmon, by the way?

  7. Frankly, it doesn’t bother me. However, salmon is clearly not a colour. In fact, it’s even worse than the usual ‘not a colour’ colours, since it’s a shade of pink, which itself is just red that can’t be bothered!

  8. I knew I could rely on you to back me up on that one Stephen.

    May I congratulate you on having all three shades of black on your blog, by the way!

  9. I’d probably go for colour because I’d want to see as much blood as possible on Mr Cockaldo’s face (that’s what I decided to call him after his farce of a game against us). That would be one piece of art that I would buy, especially if an effect could be added with some sort of ring-like structure and a bullseye in the middle that we could all use for target practice

  10. For such a dramatic moment I would have to go with black and white…a man is about to die, the color being taken from him, B/W would say it best.

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