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RR6-Omega and Cindy: Time Together

Describe in your own words Liz Wells’ thesis in the Case Study: The Commodification of Human Relations and Experience – ‘Omega and Cindy: Time together’. In the first paragraph she describes the meaning of the components in this specific ad campaign. In the second paragraph, her analysis broadens to a critique of advertising photography.

After stating Wells’ opinion both about this specific ad and advertising photography in general, write about your opinion to her statements. Do you agree or disagree and most importantly, why?


Describe in your own words the style of Dutch 17th and 18th Century still life painting. How does this painting style create a metaphor for mortality? Be specific and use as evidence things you can observe in the Rachel Ruysch painting Fruit and Insects, 1711 or the Jan van Huysum painting, Vase with Flowers, c. 1718-20.

Why and how does Hector Rene Membreno-Canales use the style of Dutch still life painting and the idea of Vanitas in his series Hegemony or Survival? Do you think the use of this style and the implied Vanitas metaphor for mortality is effective or heavy-handed? Please state clear reasons for your answer.

Pantone-Make It Brilliant

Take a look at the campaign done for pantone by Sub Rosa.

Read about it:

Answer the following in a post:

What is the central metaphor of this brand campaign for Pantone? Why did the company pick this metaphor and how is it conveyed? Do you think the message is effective? What did you learn from reading the piece in PSLN about the process of making these images? What surprised you most?


In this class you have now read and discussed two very different poems, “she being Brand” by e.e. cummings and “Coming Home, Detroit, 1968” by Phillip Levine. Both of these poems describe a man driving through a city, and yet they are each distinct in format, tone, and in what they are trying to express to the reader.

Write a post comparing and contrasting the driving metaphors in these two poems. Using direct evidence from the poems (in the form of quotations), identify what each poet is trying to accomplish with his poem and how he uses the metaphor of a car and driving to communicate.

Mirrors and Windows

Gary Winogrand, Albuquerque, 1958

Gary Winogrand, Albuquerque, 1958

Gregory Crewdson, Daughter, 2008

Gregory Crewdson, Daughter, 2008


State Szarkowski’s Mirrors and Windows thesis in your own words.

Then use the mirrors and windows metaphor to compare and contrast the two photos by Crewdson and Winogrand. Consider which is a mirror and which a window? Use your observations of the photos as evidence. Each claim you make must be supported by something you can see in the photographs. Compare and contrast the two photographs using the Visual Elements vocabulary. Find at least four points of comparison in order to clearly define each photographer’s style.