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Visual Literacy Project 2

  1. 1. Project 2: Visual Analysis of Still Images By Angela M. Constantino Visual Literacy, March 2010 <ul><li>Haiti and Chile Earthquakes </li></ul>
  2. 2. The News Story <ul><li>On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake which lasted 35 seconds struck Haiti. About a month later, on February 27, 2010, an 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck Chile, and unleashed a tsunami across the Pacific. Both events brought death and destruction to these two countries, as well as an outpouring of support and sympathy from nations all over the world. I chose to do a visual analysis of these two recent events because we have been bombarded with news and images concerning them. A lot of the images I saw were depressing, yet some were filled with hope. But beyond their emotional value, these images hold plenty of visual meanings as well. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Haiti Image 1: January 13, 2010 <ul><li>Boston Globe: An injured child receives medical treatment after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince. (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Analysis: Haiti Image 1 <ul><li>Point of Entry: Child’s face, eyes looking directly at the camera </li></ul><ul><li>Tone: light to dark </li></ul><ul><li>Round bandage: protection </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic: arms, people surrounding the child </li></ul><ul><li>Impact </li></ul>
  5. 5. Haiti Image 2: Jan. 14, 2010 <ul><li>Two year old Redjeson Hausteen Claude reacts to his mother Daphnee Plaisin, after he was rescued from a collapsed home by Belgian and Spanish rescuers in the aftermath of the powerful earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Thursday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Analysis: Haiti Image 2 <ul><li>Point of entry: child’s face </li></ul><ul><li>Emotion: Happiness, relief </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of Light: Highlighting face of child and fireman </li></ul><ul><li>Rule of thirds: Mother, Child, Fireman </li></ul><ul><li>Reds and yellows: cheerful, life </li></ul>
  7. 7. Haiti Image 3: Jan. 12, 2010 <ul><li>Elie Isaac, left, and Caleb Roseme, both of Norwich, Connecticut, pray for the people of the Caribbean Islands, at the First Haitian Baptist Church of Norwich, Tuesday. Both men have family and friends in Haiti, one of the countries hit by the largest earthquake to ever hit the Caribbean Islands. (AP Photo/The Day, Abigail Pheiffer) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Analysis: Haiti Image 3 <ul><li>Layering: background and foreground </li></ul><ul><li>Mood: serious, deep prayer </li></ul><ul><li>Colors: black, reflects the mood </li></ul>
  9. 9. Chile Image 1: February 27, 2010 <ul><li>Cars lie overturned after the highway they were travelling on was destroyed in an earthquake in Santiago. (REUTERS/Marco Fredes) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Analysis: Chile Image 1 <ul><li>Juxtaposition: Horizontal and vertical lines on the left vs. diagonal lines on the broken bridge </li></ul><ul><li>More diagonals, triangles on overturned cars </li></ul><ul><li>Linear perspective: vanishing point </li></ul><ul><li>Sense of place </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of balance causes stress </li></ul>
  11. 11. Chile Image 2: February 27, 2010 <ul><li>A man moves his belongings inside his home destroyed in an earthquake in Valparaiso. (REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Analysis: Chile Image 2 <ul><li>Juxtaposition: Ruined house vs. Cross </li></ul><ul><li>Vertical cross: stability </li></ul><ul><li>Diagonal lines: chaos, instability </li></ul><ul><li>Sense of place </li></ul>
  13. 13. Chile Image 3: March 2, 2010 <ul><li>Soldiers patrol along a major highway to maintain order after a major earthquake in Constitucion, Chile. (REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Analysis: Chile Image 3 <ul><li>Vertical lines of soldiers and posts: stability </li></ul><ul><li>Diagonal guns: possible tension </li></ul><ul><li>Rule of thirds </li></ul><ul><li>Layering </li></ul>
  15. 15. Photo Credits: <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Official Website of The Boston Globe </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>