This is one of those trompe l'oeil (trick of the eye) photos that works on many levels. The floor is so highly polished that the businessman looks a bit like he is walking on water, perhaps in a swimming pool. On a more abstract level, it seems to suggest something about our increasingly uncertain economic times.
Everett Kennedy Brown/EPA
A Japanese businessman stands in the foyer of a modern office building in downtown Tokyo August 2, 2008. In the aftermath of the US subprime loan crisis, Japanese banks have become reluctant to lend money for real estate projects.