The Bond Of Human Emotions And Imagery Analysis
The inevitable events of life and death have been symbolized for decades in photographs. This essay will analyze how people can be strongly affected by an image, so much that the prevalent emotions of fear, happiness, grief, hatred, and more complex emotions such as jealousy and regret surface within the viewer. The importance of this analysis can help better understand why humans react to photographs at an emotional level.
Emotional Questioning of a Photograph. The core definition of an image is a moment in time that is permanently frozen, giving people the capability to accurately reference what had happened. In the case of viewing an image with no previous …show more content…
In Barbie Zelizer’s The Voice of Visual Memory, she mentions the “subjunctive voice”. The subjunctive voice alters the meaning of what a person perceives in multiple types of media, such as photography. As Zelizer states, “Spectators begin to ask not “What are we looking at?” but “What does this remind us of?” and “What possibilities does this raise?”(Zelizer 163) All photographs trigger some sort of human emotion, but imagery representing life and/or death can bring out the most powerful of emotions, as it is something we all relate to.
Take for instance the photograph of this surgeon wearily sitting beside a patient who is attached to multiple wires and tubes, unconscious. In the background, you see the slumbering assistant of the surgeon. There are multiple outcomes to what might have happened after the photo was taken, an example of the subjunctive voice. The initial reaction of the photo may vary among viewers, but overall they will share similar emotions …show more content…
Stanfield made sure that every aspect of the photo gave full impact to his viewers. In speaking about the surgeon, Stanfield says to National Geographic, who included his picture in their “100 Best Pictures”, “I never let him out of my sight, never turned my back on him…this was the pay off." The article done by National Geographic, also mentions that he used 22 rolls of film before reaching that perfect moment he wanted to capture and share with the world.
One trait of a great photographer is the ability to recognize that the angling, lighting, location, time, can contribute to the overall mood of the image. Their skill is being able to find the perfect angle, right amount of lighting, and other parts that make up a photo, that their spectators will view it as the photographer intended.
Stanfield used a lot of patience to capture the perfect moment. Notice how he is at level with the surgeon. Although, the patient takes up nearly half the photo, it is the surgeon who is the main subject of his piece. His viewers can relate to the emotional strain of what he is going through. The outcome is unknown to the viewer; they can feel stress, tiredness, and other emotions by just looking at the