This image is a portrait of a child working in a factory


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This image is a portrait of a child working in a factory

  1. 1. This image is a portrait of a child working in a factory. This photograph was taken by Lewis Hine. It is an historical photograph, trying to raise the profile of child labour in the early 1900’s. He used the plate camera and probably used a tripod to keep the image in the correct position. The camera angle is positioned at waist level. There is no shutter speed, he has uses aperture because he has controlled the amount of the light that passes into his camera. The exposure appears normal as there does not appear to be too much or too little light. I think it is low contrast as it has a wide range of the brightness. The image has been developed as monochrome; there will have only been black and white or monochrome during this period. There was no digital manipulation. A shallow depth of field has been used to blur the front of the image. It is representational image because it is being used to represent a period in history. His images remind me of the images taken by Dorothea Lange, who took images of the Great Depression. She was also trying to represent a time in history through her photographs. For the composition he has used leading lines, symmetry, and framing. The leading lines are straight, focusing your eye towards the subject from the front to the back of the image. The symmetry of the image is creating balance and proportion. The lighting used appears to be natural sunlight shining through the large, high windows. It appears that the light is bouncing off the machinery onto the girl. The light also draws your eye to the very back of the image where the light is at its brightest. It is quite harsh lighting; nothing has been done to soften the image, adding to the feel of photograph and the theme of the image. The light also makes the photograph appear three dimensional. I really like this photograph because it really allows you to get a sense of how the young child was feeling. It shows the contrast of the size and harshness of the machinery next to the small child. You are left with a feeling of sadness for the difficulties of this young child’s life. Lewis Hine was trying to demonstrate how wrong child labour was, that these young children did not belong in these places.