Photography: Impact and Change

I chose to present my assignment in the format attached, in an attempt to simulate a hypertext. I would have loved to use a Mind Map, but struggled to find free software that would suffice. You can either read the text in linear form by forwarding the slides in the Power Point show, or you can click on whatever section you want on the first slide. Should you choose to read the context as a hypertext, please open the presentation and navigate around it by clicking on the headings on the first slide, or on the underlined hyperlinks. Some of these hyperlinks will direct you to videos or web sites that may take you outside of the presentation, so you may need to re-open it again. Other hyperlinks will direct you within the Power Point presentation; in order to navigate back to the first slide click ‘HOME’, or to return to the slide you were directed from, click ‘BACK’. The hyperlinks do not work on an iPad, so it is best to view this presentation on a PC or Mac.



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2 Responses to Photography: Impact and Change

  1. Hi Adriana,

    I really enjoyed going through your work. It is true that photographs are sometimes taking pictures that are expressing the cruel reality and that we might wonder if it is right sometimes to even look at them. I think no matter the situation a photograph should always make sure to respect the object that is photographed; when there is doubt that the object is not respected, he or she should just avoid taking that picture. The question of ‘morality’ behind the fact that a picture is taken is very sensitive; I think that the fact that we are ‘seing’ the photographed scene makes us withnesses in some ways… it is perhaps more straight forward than reading or listening about that same story.



  2. Danielle Dubien says:

    Hi Adriana,

    Your post coincided with the arrival of Sandy in NJ and NY. Photography combined with social media proved to be extremely powerful for informing the world about the destruction that happened there. Twitter was the best source of news that night. Not only did it allow us all to see what was going on as it happened, iIt triggered people to contribute quickly through fundraisers and volunteering. There continue to be reports on efforts to clean up the mess on Twitter, while the mainstream news has mostly moved on.

    The coverage of Sandy’s arrival was not equal though, regarding the places that were affected. As the Northeastern US was being devastated, photos started to emerge of destruction that had occured in other areas earlier: . There were likely a lot more people recording the destruction in the States than in the Caribbean, so less attention was paid to what was going on there.

    Another thing that happened was that fake images of the hurricane’s destruction were circulating. Some of them were from movies, others were altered and yet others were real images taken at different locations or locations than during the storm.

    To shift gears, I wanted to mention the TED tak by Jonathan Klein. He showed that artistic images that accompany those of real events can shift the audience’s point of view. We often see real images related to war, but less often do we see those like the photo in the TED talk of the woman lying on a grave set up at the Arlington National Cemetery. The photo shifts our view from the soldiers that lost their lives to the losses suffered by the living. (As an aside, it seems strange that the Arlington Cemetary is more familiar to me than Canada’s own Beechwood Cemetary. I doubt I’ve ever seen a picture of it on TV or in movies.)

    Sorry if this post is depressing. On the upside, your presentation made me think of these topics in ways that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

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