Sunday, March 28, 2010

Australian Formula One Grand Prix, Ironic Gesture and Facial Expression

F1 Grand Prix of Australia - Race

Jessica Michibata celebrates with the winners trophy of boyfriend Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes in the paddock after he wins the the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on March 28, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia.

This is one of those ironic combos. In the celebration that followed the win, Jessica is elated and holds the trophy above her head (anti gravity gesture), but at the same time she deliberately closes her eyes- where normally in a celebration we'd keep our eyes wide open to take as much visual stimulation in.

It could be she was overwhelmed and gave herself a short break, allowing herself to cognitively process what she was physically feeling. When you go through a stressful and emotional period (where she undoubtedly was sitting on the edge of her seat, jumping up and down, etc.) and come out happy, in our minds we could close our eyes to briefly say, "This was a great day, I can now end it on such a great high."

It also could be she was screaming so loud, she closed her eyes so she physically could focus and give the screen all she had.

Anytime you see two seemingly conflicting "things" it is usually noteworthy.◦