Situate an image of one of the visual texts, selected for Task 3 (MLA caption).
Draw on the skills, knowledge and writing from tasks 1-3 to write a blog post about the visual text.
The aim of this exercise is to provide the reader/audience with contextual knowledge and a depth of understanding about the visual text, and its significance.
Writing Skill: When writing this blog post you might consider how a question can help focus your paragraph. In answer this question you construct the paragraph. The question can then be turned into a topic or introductory sentence telling the reader what the topic of the paragraph is about.
~ Consider the writing styles ofMirzoeff, Walker, Sturken and Cartwright or others you have encountered in this paper.
~ Provide some description alongside the contextual knowledge.
~ You must demonstrate in this Blog post your engagement with tasks 1-3 by referencing the various texts
including Mizoeff. Include in-text citations when quoting or paraphrasing authors or lecturers. Include a Works Cited list at the end of your blog.
Task A: Locate from a credible source, one visual text you will use in your essay. (This can include a visual texts from Wk4 I/S)
Brainstorm/MindMap:Lookcloselyatthevisualtext,refer directly to what is‘in’the image(the subject)and identify ideas or points you think are important to consider about this image in building context. Consider why?
Situate 1-2 historical or contemporary visual texts you might use in your essay.
In the talk of the images by USA photographer Weegee, something that attracted my attention was the captured emotion of the different people in the crowd who witness the murdered body of a gangsta.
“A woman cried… but neighbourhood dead-end kids enjoyed the show when a small-time racketeer was shot and killed” the caption of Fig 1 “The First Murder”. The caption of the image.
In the discussion, they discuss how Weegee managed to capture the “heightened fleeting emotion” of the crowd who consisted of children and women – “The children are gawking at the murder scene with morbid fascination, ignoring the bawling relative.” The writers go on to explain why this image is so powerful and it’s relation to the widespread violence that existed. They go on to talk about the ‘viewers’ and how we are equally fascinated with the image as we see the different emotions on the people’s faces and their reactions.
Their talk not only explains what’s going on in the images but shows critical thinking and visual literacy, something that we are learning about as students and learning to apply ourselves.
“The role of images in providing views of violence, and of voyeurism and fascination with violence is countered by a history of using images to expose the devastating aspects of violence”
What the writers say here that stood out to me is their valid point of how while the image son violence may not be so pretty to look at, it’s been used throughout history in order to create exposure of the effects of violence. This is a relevant point as these types of graphic and brutal images are used throughout todays news and media. It instigates a emotional response and therefore achieves the aim of exposure. The writers recognise this as they state “the power of the photograph to provide evidence of violence and injustice is coupled with the photographer’s power to shock and horrify.”
The voice of the writing is educational as they want to inform their audience on the importance of Weegee’s art and this clearly shows through the way they express information about his art. The writers clearly show a learned piece of writing as they show a lot of knowledge about not only Weegee’s artwork but how images can be powerful tools for portraying the reality of circumstances such as the violence and the odd fascination from the younger generations.
Sturken, Marita, Tara Hamling, Lisa Cartwright, and Marita Sturken. Practices of Looking: Images, Power and Politics. 2001. Print.
Literacy and Critical Thinking – The Toledo Museum of Art Youtube
I found the first clip about visual literacy most effective in getting their point across because while it was short, it was concise and got straight to the point. This, in turn, kept me focused and allowed me to understand it. I learned some key points from the video, especially from some of the speakers who explained how visual literacy and critical thinking impacted on us as a society and an evolving modern world.
The video further emphasizes the importance of needing Visual literacy and critical thinking as . The video begins with Allison Reid defining what visual literacy is and how it is used with critical thinking in order to instigate well thought out responses.
“Images can be powerful tools for communicating messages skills to interpret those messages and come up with thoughtful responses” Allison Reid – Deputy Director, New Orleans Museum of art
“In Contemporary Culture, it’s become all too endemic, to take things at face value, to not think ,to not probe, to not ask for evidence – to be manipulated as a result of that” Philip Yenawine, the Museum educator.
What Philip says is relevant especially to us as almost every day this exact scenario plays out on social media or . We see something and take it at face value and assume it is as we saw it, therefore often believing in something that isn’t quite true and being deceived by our own lack of critical thinking. For example, a common case of this is the ‘facebook privacy post’. You may see several people re-posting a copy and paste the text of something along with lines of ” Facebook is going to change their private policy views and you must copy and paste this in order to stop them. I do not give permission for Facebook to …” which has actually been proved to be false. These kinds of situations clear misunderstandings and lack of thinking and criticism allows us to become fools to our own assumptions.
I would recommend this video to others because it’s very straightforward and directly explains what visual literacy is, why it is needed and the importance of it – all within 2 minutes. It gets straight to the point which makes it easy to understand with no difficult terminology or unnecessary jargon.