Stacy’s Visual Rhetoric



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  1. While inserting these photographs, I thought about not only the history and cultures aligned with them, but also the importance of their significance and the Identifiability hold they still have on us. Now I may not be American, but these photographs had as much impact on other parts of the world as well – say the falling man image “it gave the world an understanding of just how serious and damaging the 9/11 event was”.  These images I chose identifies the different cultural diversity America has as a country – in politics, war, astronomical evolution, social influence and world history. Looking at these images makes me appreciate the history which has greatly influenced the present and will continue to influence the future. The “Osama bin laden haunt” image from the white house made me think of how much critical terrorist attacks and damages America has had to go through and is still facing. It reminds me of just how much the country has suffered from ongoing terrorism, and also shows the commitment and persistence they have put into fighting and resistance – hence, making it a strong country with unity.
  2. Just as the saying goes “A picture carries a thousand words”, these thousand words can be negative or positive or even both. I see pictures as a message box – where emotions are deplored, where hidden secrets are revealed, just like paintings. So therefore, these images are no exceptions, as they apply the different principles of visual rhetoric. These visual rhetoric are what shape our perception on topics and ideals, and since that tends to be the case – the results are always skeptical. Images can sometimes be a one sided coin that could influence our intake on values and beliefs, but at the same time are not entirely truthful or humane, hence making it hard for us to be just in our judgements. For example the famous photo taken by Hong-Kong photographer Chan Kwok Hung, could be mistaken as a war photo rather than an environmental pollution crisis. So with the image not completely showing us all of it’s hidden secrets we tend to apply enthymeme to it as a way to categorizing or completing its forms and meanings.
  3. These photos have different tones attached to them, for example; the first image :the tank man” is an international photo from Beijing that tells a story of confrontation, justice and peace, it rallies a tale of a man’s bravery and courage against war. The tone to the tank man is that of courage, unity and aspirations, hence giving it a tone of seriousness. The second image “Osama bin laden haunt” is that of a historical recovery – aligning to the ongoing terrorism in The United States – so it’s tone is sad and suffering. The third image “the falling man” is also a world image that woke the world up to the dangers, sufferings and damages of 9/11 – hence giving it a pitiful, agonic and severe loss tone. Although the fifth photo holds no tie to America, it still relates to our historical endeavors – as it reminds us of significant people of the past (such as the Mona Lisa painting). It also gives us the view of world suffrage from the eyes of a little, sad and lonely Afghan girl, who only seeks for a home and happiness. The sixth and last image gives a tone of redemption, war and peace. All these images together are a saving grace to our present and future at it has guided us and continues to do so now. A photograph can adapt a tone due to different components and aspects used in taking the photo, for example; the color (black and white conveys history and class), also the size (a larger phot encompasses the whole truth and conveys more emotions compared to a smaller size).
  4. The target audience for these photos are; the new millenniums, public speakers, Americans, politicians, photographers, astronomers, and African Americans. I would imply that some of them are indeed discriminatory – some photos depict America as a war country – which may be the case partially but are influenced negatively in the photos. While other photos connect rather than approach a certain foundation.
  5. The photos that appeal as primary are mostly ones associated with the American history – as they happen to  have a world impact, while the other one’s are more or less an adage to historical review – but with also great importance. Most of them are indeed culturally specific; the Afghan girl in the hijab portrays culture and relevance, the Martin Luther King Jr has a culture of black liberty and equality. Also the ‘Osama Bin Laden hunt” photo depicts universal – as it held great importance and impacts on everyone around the world.
  6. with the “the falling man image” the photo was taken from a low-angle shot, which most photographers have pronounced as too distant and less revealing.  Although, if it were taken from a high- level angle, the reaction would have been far more emotional, appalling and detrimental to us all. Hence, it just tests the influence color, sizes and angle images can have on the messages and reactions to those messages.
  7. Definitely, with most of the images I found, I had to research them again due to the fact that most weren’t credited at all – hence making it visibly less authentic. Most of the images were interlocked with Pinterest and different photography websites which boosted the competence of the photo for me. For example; the great depression image “the migrant mother”- if the image wasn’t taken by such an experienced photojournalist as Dorothea Lange, the image would have been depicted as less authentic and it wouldn’t so symbolic parse
  8.  It does indeed influence a different reaction, I feel like it shows growth, progress, diversity, cultural differences and a new history a few decades from now. My reaction was more of appreciation, privilege, assurance and change, All these images clustered side by side shows us a time lapse in continued grieve, loss, war, freedom and politics – it makes us question the symbolism – was it all worth it? what has changed? are we safe now or are we just going back to those times or worse? would the future be any different?. all these are questions to be asked and analyzed.