Week 9 Discussion Topic: Rock Star Food Behind the Scenes

It may sound ridiculous to us what these celebrities demand but if I was a celebrity I would think it is absolutely necessary. Here I am, in another country, city, state backstage and I know no one except for the people thats their to dress me or set up; I would at least want something familiar. These little things are what they know and they ask for specific things that will never change on them. It sounds really ridiculous but I think its all just to make them feel comfortable and wanted. By you granting me my wishes exactly how I want them I would feel wanted and I would be more than happy to please you if I know you are willing to do the same. However, the photographer who captured the still life did a terrible job at capturing the objects. I was more excited from the description than I was with the image.

Week 10 Discussion Topic: Robert Capa and the Greatest War Photograph

After seeing the first picture you would think how amazing it is that this photographer was able to capture such a moment. The photo does not looked stage because you see the pain on the subject’s face and the way he is falling back it looks as though he is loosing control. However, once you see the other pictures it makes you wonder if the subject was just a really good actor. Either that or you should question what order these pictures were taken in. What if it isn’t staged and he just so happened to be lucky enough to catch this man in action and his death?

Week 11: The New American Dustbowl: Documenting California’s Drought

These photographs like the photographs of the FSA show us the reality of what’s going on. No filters, no staged shots and if staged it was to dramatize the truth of whats happening. It is very sad that so many of us Americans are unaware of this drought that can and will or probably affected so many of us in the United States. Majority of our fruits and vegetables are grown in California. The land must be overworked and the government probably think they can easily fix the problem so it’s not greatly publicized as other problems we face now. Like the photographs from the FSA, these photographers used different filters to capture the full effect. Black and white makes the pictures seem more in depth and the land looks drier. On television commercials that advertise children and families in need the speaker is normally in color and the needy people are in black and white. It gets the attention of the viewer more being that things are normally seen in color for the common eye. Here the photographers draw you in and make you care and feel bad for whats going on as we should.

Week 12: Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Photographs from #Ferguson

After reading both articles and seeing the difference in time frames, I believe this is a clear example on how history keeps repeating itself. Of course it’s extremely awful that these things happened to innocent people. However, it does make me wonder why these things keep happening. We as people are so wrapped up in things that are unimportant, we are so oblivious to things that are happening in our local communities. We walk pass homeless, needy, and injured people every single day. I get that we can’t help everyone, but how can someone take us seriously when we want to protest something thats happening hours and hundreds of miles away when we don’t even help the people that are begging us in our faces. Its morally wrong that a police officer is actually aiming to shoot an unarmed civilian. However, this is the government that we elected someone is training these officers and if this can happen in multiple cities years after years, then maybe we are attacking or reacting on the wrong people. Maybe we need to step up and not just want to be heard when someone dies but all the time. I feel even though the officers were wrong and no one deserves to die but when you’re always the victim sometimes its by choice. We put ourselves in certain situations. It was extremely courageous that these photographers were able to capture these moments for us but also utterly reckless, stupid, and ridiculous.