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Analyzinga picture

Apicturecan speakendlesswordswhenanalyzedcritically. Whenphotographersandartistscomeup with photographicillustrations,theaimis not onlyto bringtheimagesinto focusbutalsoto communicateto theviewer.In thedigital era,photographersusedhigh-end cameras to captureimagesthat describethesituation.Viewingthepicturemakesa memoryingrain into thebrain,anditbecomesdifficultto forgetabout it.Pastimagescan remindone of thepastevents.

Inthispaper,I will analyzea photographtakenon 19th January, 2014 by Thomas Dworzak. Thephotographertookitin Caucasus in theRussian empire.In itthere is a groupof Circassians touringtheir ancestralland.Accordingto thephotographer,thelandhas talesdatingbackto the19th centurywhentheRussian armybrutallykilledtheCircassians. Thedescendants visitedtheareato payhomageandremembertheturmoilthattheir foreparentswentthrough (Dworzak).

Startingwith thebackdrop, one can seerowsof cloudscollectingat theback.Their white colordepictsa warmatmospherewithout anyvisiblesignsof a comingstorm.Theyappearindistantpatternsto givetheviewera viewof theblueskyandthemountains.Itis likelythatsummerwasin progress.Theexpanseof thelandextendsto thehorizons,andthecloudscontinuewith their snowwhite patternbeyond themountains.Thebackdrop suggeststhattheCaucasus Mountains donot continuebeyond thehorizons,andthere is a geographicalpossibilityof havinga sloppyareaon theothersideof themountains.Thewarmenvironmentexplainsthebehaviorof thepeoplein thispicturewhich appearsto be relaxedandwithout anyhurryingactivity.

Theterrainin thepictureis mountainous.Thevisitorsseemto be in a raisedplace,andthissuggeststhattheyare not at thefootof theranges.Theexcellentviewof thehighpointsin themountainin a horizontalapproachis proofthatthephotographertookiton a raisedground.Therangesas seenin thedistancehavetracesof snowthat is shiningin thesunlight.Itis an indicationthatthisis a coldplacewith regularsnowfalls. Their adjoiningtipsas appearingin thepictureshowthattheyextendover a longdistanceawayfrom thevisitors.From wherethephotographerstood,themountainsmaketwo escarpmentsthat suggestthepossibilityof a valleyin between therangesthat extendsbelow therangesandsnakes its waydown to theothersideof themountain.Comingcloser to wherethevisitorsare standing,a keeneyenotesthatthere is nosnowon thegroundwheretheystand.Thegrasson thegroundis graywith tracesof green.Itsuggeststhatsnowhadfallenon thewholeplace,butthewarmthof thesuncontinuesto meltit.Theterrainis importantbecauseitgivestheviewerof thecontextin which thephotographappears(Osborne 7).

Themoodsurroundingthepictureis relaxed.Thewaythevisitorsare behavingis evidencethat thiswasnot an ad-hoc visitto thearea.Thecrowdof peoplescattersover thespace,andtheyare engagingin differentactivities.Severalcouplesare takingphotos of eachotherandthemountains.Others seemto concentratethebeautyof theregion,andtheycannot helplookingat theextensiveranges.Theyhavea lightdresscodewith a fewof them havinglighthoods.Themodeof dressingexplainstheweatherconditionas warmandcalm.All thepeoplepresentin thisphoto are young.Thegadgetstheyare usingto takephotosas seenin thepictureare attributable to their technology sensitivebehavior.Theheadsappearingbeyond thefirstrockpresentsa possibilityof thegroupbeingbiggerthan whatappearsin thephotograph.Therationalefordiscussingtheappearanceandthebehaviorof thepeoplein a pictureis thatithelpsin discerningthemoodsurroundingtheevent.Lightfacesin thepictureshownosignsof remorse,andthisinterpretto a tourtakenforleisure.Accordingto thephotographer,thisplaceenjoysthousands of visitseveryyear.Itbeautifulbackgroundof mountainsandsnow,as wellas thetwo escarpments,attractsa lotof people(Dworzak).

Theplaceis rockyanddoesnot supporta lotof vegetation.Thegrasson thelackstheusualgreencolorof plantsin a nutritious ground.However,thephotographercaptureda singletree growingon a rock.Thetree is a signof defyingall theoddsto growin themostunusualplaces.Thelonetree may representthefewpeoplewhosurvivedthemassacrewhenmorethan 90% of theracefacedexecutionfrom theRussian empire.Beyond thetree, there is noothersignof life.Itmay explainwhytheremainingmembersof thecommunitycould not movefurtherinto themountainsto dwellthere.Theconditionscould not be favorableforanyinhabitance. Thetree is greenthatis a signof defyingthepangsof thesnow.Itscolorisdifferent from that of the patches of grass aroundit(Dworzak).

Finally,thepicturehas an excellentframethat triesto captureas manypeopleas possible.An averagephotographerwould havecapitalizedon eitherthepeopleorthenature.However,Dworzak incorporatesthetwo to givetheviewera communicating image.Thepicturealsogivesacleardepiction of thefacesof thevisitors,anditbecomeseasyto readtheir moodduring thevisitandthismakeshis pieceof workis plausible.

Igettwo distinctfeelingsby lookingat thepicture.First,my mindrushesto theconditionsexistingat thetimea massacretookplace.Theeffortof thedescendants to comeandvisittheir motherland givesme a feelingof peoplewhodonot havea landtheycan calltheir on, andtheyare, therefore,astray.Thelookof someof their facesappearsto be in deepthoughtas theygazeat themountains.Itappearsmovedby thehistoryof whathappenedto their ancestors.I cannot helpbutsharetheremorsefulfeelingsurroundingthehistoricplaceby lookingat thevibrantyoungpeople.Thestoryof thekillingsseemsto getan explanationin theantagonizing rages.

Secondly,there is a warmenvironmentin thepicture.Awayfrom thepastincidents,thebeautifulgeographywith spectacularrangescapped with snowmovesone to yearnbeingtheplace.Lookingat theclearskymakesme yearnforthewarmweatheron thehills.Mostof theyoungmenandwomenappearto be in a lightmood,andI feelthatthisis one of their historicalandenjoyablevisits.I perceivethatthethousands of peoplewhotourthemountainseveryyearkeepgoingbackto enjoythescenicview.I havethefeelingthatthebeautyof thesurroundingnaturehelpsto neutralizetheremorsefulfeelingandcontemptfortheRussian empire.Theynot onlyvisittheplaceto remembertheir ancestorsbutalsoto seethemountainsandtakephotos.

Conclusively,thispicturecommunicatesa lotto theviewerandapartfrom enjoyingtheeye-catching background,italsopresentsa groupof peoplewhoare whodirectstheir attentionto thebeauty.By lookingat anyartisticpieceof work,an observerdoinga closeanda non-biased analysiscan comeup with a storyfrom a picture(Pozzer andWolff 220). Interpretingthesurroundingenvironmentputsthepicturein its rightcontext,andthismakesitmemorableandappealingto theeye.

References

DworzakThomas. Homeland.NationalGeographic.January 9, 2014. Web.&gthttp://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-of-the-day/circassians-homeland-dworzak/

Osborne,Frank. &quot Reading a photograph.&quot (2001): 7.

Pozzer,Lilian, and Wolf, Roth. &quotMaking sense of photographs.&quotScienceEducation89.2 (2005): 219-241.

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