Blog Prompt #5: Image analysis

Choose an image — one that you find particularly challenging or compelling — from one of the three photo essays we are viewing for this class (“The Ruins of Detroit,” “Where the Children Sleep,” and “Remembering Hardware”) and write a detailed visual analysis. Drawing upon the readings for this week (“Top 10 Photography Composition Rules” and “The Photo Essay: Give It Your Best Shot”), your analysis should address (1) the key compositional elements of the image, (2) how you see the image fitting within the scheme of the larger photo essay of which it forms a part, and the (3) emotional or rhetorical effect the image evokes in you as a viewer.

Rhetoric= How it is working together to persuade it’s audience. Begin by identifying the audience, the purpose, how or what it uses to persuade, and whether that is effective or not. When you use rhetoric to analyze a piece, you want to switch from what it’s saying to how it’s saying it.

This is due by 10pm on Tuesday night (I extended the deadline so as not to overwhelm you).

Be well,



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