Bianka’s Visual Rhetoric

  1. To me these images represent America’s past and present. The feeling’s I get while looking at this photo montage is not just happiness. It brings me great sadness to look at these photos and see the segregation, racism, death, and struggle that the american people have went through. Through the sadness I am happy to know that we have made it, through hardships and wins. But in the back of my mind it scares me knowing the mindsets of the people today are slowly reversing back to closed minds and segregated ideas.Although I did not live through and experience the things such as Martin Luther King, women suffrage, segregation, or the man landing on the moon; these iconic and important events have impacted and influenced the life and world that I am living in today. For example, because of the brave and courageous women that fought for the freedom that we deserve, I am able to vote and have a say in my life. I feel that even though I have not myself lived through each of these events pictured it does not make it more or less meaningful and powerful in my mind. All twelve of these images represent visual rhetoric principles by being able to look at each individual image and feel the power and feel what that specific event made.
  2. Each of these images create virtual experience by the power endowed in each of them. Just by looking at each image you can picture what it was like and feel the emotions flowing through your mind. You can picture yourself there, living that terror or happiness. Since  most all of these images are a movement of some kind, it is easy to change your perception just by looking at that one image compared to another. Individually, some of the images can be more powerful than the other, depending on the mindset and ideas of the person who is looking at them. Like if an LGBTQ person was looking at just the equality symbol, it may be more powerful and convey a sense of proudness compared to someone who is not.
  3. To me the general tone of each of these images is significant and profound. The significance of these events that are portrayed are so intense that you can visualize the significance of these events. The emotions and overall sense may bring a person to an overwhelming and even angry mind. The images hold such an iconic part of american history that the tone of significance is easily portrayed. You can even identify this tone with the facial expressions and body movements of the people who are captured in these images.
  4. I feel that each of these images were captured to target a certain audience. I would say some of them even target several audiences. Each image and event will hit home and be more meaningful to every individual person. Even though some of the events themselves were discriminatory, I think that the images that I put together as a whole are non-discriminatory towards any group or person. None of the images that I chose to represent american history or iconic images represent voyeur tendencies. I can not think of many of any iconic american events that would do so. If we were representing today’s day and age, the images might have represented such tendencies.
  5.  I feel like majority of these images portray primary appeals. Some images may be more primary than others like the Columbine shooting image may be more primary than the photo of the Obama family. Most of the images are universal and can be represented by all of the american population. But the image such as the Women’s suffrage movement may be more primary to a women that a man because It has affected our lives in such a way. These images help form enthymematic responses by letting you form a conclusion and opinion of each of the images. The image does not state the obvious, you have to use the rhetorical devices in the image and create a conclusion of it.
  6. I can picture imagine another pictorial composite in which the reaction would be quite different. By changing the viewpoint of the image that is portrayed above it can create a whole new reaction. For example, by looking of the still frame of the back of the boys heads who had just shot up their school, Columbine High School, it may give you a chilling and scared feeling. But if the angle and viewpoint was captured, like by seeing what they see. This could be the scared students whom they are pointing their guns at, it may give you another feeling such as helplessness, sadness, and an overall sense of being terrified. The way an image is captured definitely an important aspect of the photo, each image can convey an entirely different message when the viewpoint, figure/ground, focus, color, and angle is changed.
  7.  I do not think that if the images above were taken by someone else it would change the credibility of the image. No matter who may have taken the photo it will still always be that photo. For example, if someone else would have taken the photo of MLK jr, it would still be him. He and that photo would still be just as iconic. There are hundreds of pictures of the twin towers being struck and being burnt down. Does that make 9/11 less iconic and important to us Americans? No, it will always be such an influential part of American no matter who has taken the photo.
  8. These twelve images, people, eras, and events represent to me America in a small glimpse. It shows the struggles and hurt that American citizens have went through. It also shows how the movements that are created have such a strong amazing impact on us Americans. It shows how how people come together and can influence such a movement. Each individual image may capture a separate event but together they show the U.S.A as a nation.

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