Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Final Paper: Analysis 9

Since the start of this project I've been battling with my decisions, ideas and final choices. I finally decided on analyzing two photos by Margaret Bourke-White,  “Mahatma Gandhi at His Spinning Wheel, Poona, India, 1946” and  “Bread line during the Louisville flood, Kentucky, 1937.” I did this to see how she captivated the audience and how she pulled us in to these images. My research question was; How does Margaret Bourke-White captivate her audience with her images? 

My "ah-ha" moment occurred when comparing the images side by side. At step five, "distinguishing absences" I realize that White used the absence of place to her advantage. In the image of Gandhi, we only see a white room in the background, there are no environmental signs of India anywhere within the image, therefore cause us to become more curious about the subject rather than where they're from. Also in the Kentucky flood image we wouldn't know where these people are from without the title. We only see a line of people and a billboard which pulls us in to want to know there stories; where are they from, why are they in a line, what's going on? Also, White seems to use heavy symbolism to convey her message and pull us in to interpret it. Gandhi's spinning wheel was a symbol freedom, peace and getting back to basics. And for the flood, the billboard's irony says it all.