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Pick of the day: Yellow tape, Blue Gloves

Since early July, New York Times photographer Angel Franco has posted a photo each Wednesday of a crime scene.

Along with each photo is a bare bones explanation of the incident the photo is about. Wednesday's entry was an image of a lone blue glove left on the asphalt, in the middle of an empty street. He explains how it got there:


When Ángel Franco arrived at the scene on East 132nd Street, the ambulance was already on its way to Harlem Hospital Center. A man had been shot in the torso.

Parked in the middle of the street, and cordoned off with police tape, was a black SUV. The driver, Mr. Franco learned, had been getting ready to take the victim to the hospital, worried the ambulance wouldn’t make it in time. The passenger’s seat was spotted with blood. A couple of blue gloves littered the vehicle and the street.

The text offers little more information. It is not, nor is it intended to be a fully reported story. Is it unsatisfying? Yes. But I actually liked the fact that he didn't try to answer the who, what, when, where, and whys. By remaining singularly focused on the experience at the crime scene, he lays bare the reporting process, which, unlike an episode of "Law & Order," does not always progress at a consistently illuminating and efficient pace. In this case, the photographer arrives after the ambulance has already gone. He has to piece together what happened from the people who are still hanging around outside. He may not learn what actually happened for days. All he can tell you is how the blue glove ended up in the road.

By Annys Shin  | August 19, 2010; 12:55 AM ET
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