Category Archives: Week 7 – An Image and it’s message

Photo-Theme – Learning Activity 2.1

“Choose one of the following themes:

  • Mass-destruction
  •  Power
  • Christmas
  • Birth
  • Love

Find a photo that communicates the theme you have chosen.”

For this task, I chose the theme “power”.

Power is portrayed in many ways, and can be looked at and displayed as good or bad.

The photo I’ve chosen displays “power gone bad”.

The photo is taken in world war two, and is showing us two Nazi officers pointing  guns at two men, facing down towards some sort of trench.
Surrounding the officers and their victims, there’s a bunch of Nazi soldiers watching the whole thing.

The power lies in the officers hands (the guns) in this instance – as they can chose to kill or not, holding the guns to the back of the victims heads.
The Nazis and Hitler had an incredible amount of power that demanded an insane high number of deaths back in this period of time.

I assume, that the two victims are Jewish. And I also assume that the two Jews did in fact get killed after this photo was taken.
What looks like a trench, might in fact be a mass grave, in which the Jews fell into after being shot.

To me, this photo shows the power the Nazis had in World War II – and therefore, it also displays the theme I picked; power.

Also, the soldiers are strictly lined up at the back of the photo, which suggest respect towards the officers, which again can be associated with power.

Composition of the photo:

The image is captured in the Golden Ratio as shown below:

The photo is also built up on diagonal and horizontal lines.
Some of these have been outlined below:

These lines helps the viewer around the image, and makes you look at the surroundings, and not just the main part (officers, guns and the Jews).

The photo is nearly a perfect square, and some sort of mix between a large total, total and half total.

The obvious contrast is black an white, but also contains a contrast of fearful and non-fearful.

Well, that’s it from me folks. For now anyways.
Have a nice weekend.



Image Analysis – Learning Activity 1.1

“Execute an image analysis of one of the pictures given to you by the following principals:

  • Composition
  • Objectives and message

Reflect over the relationship between the composition and objective/message in the image.

The goal of the task is to develop a knowledge of what it is that communicates an objective or a message in an image.”

I chose the following image:


The format of the  image is upright rectangular.

In the image, you are able to see the full body figure shapes of the four people walking down the street, making it a large total.

A large total means that the human(s) in an image is a part of the picture, along with the surroundings  – and a part of the understanding of the whole image.

The image is slightly asymmetrical.

Explanation to the composition of the image:  

Blue Lines: Showing the symmetry of the picture. The people in the picture is mostly centered, but leaning slightly to the right. This is enhanced by the way the sun is shines, as the sunbeams hits the image more to the right than the left.
Yellow Lines: The image clearly have some diagonal lines.
These lines leads the image in the same direction as the people seems to be walking, giving the message in the picture a sort of an underline.
The diagonal lines also makes you discover more than the center of the image, making your eyes wander.
Red line: The sun is a natural focal point in the image at your first glance. With some help from the trees, the sun forms a natural circle in the image.
Green line: The image also contains a triangle shape, pointing in the same direction as the diagonal lines, and leading the same way as the people are walking.

The image is also captured in the Golden Ratio – although I’m not sure if this was actually the purpose, as it’s not too obvious.
The Golden Ratio = A line divided so that the smaller portion in the image relates to the larger portion, which again relates to the full portion in the image.

I have drawn the Golden Ratio with lines in the image:

My interpretation of the message/objective in the image:

As mentioned earlier, all diagonal lines along with the triangle is pointing in the same direction as the people in the image is walking – which is away from the viewer and “towards” the sun.
The contrast of dark and bright in the image is created by the sun and the shadows.
As the people are walking towards the sun, and away from the shadows, the image has a calm, happy feel to it. This is enhanced by the two people in the middle holding hands, which gives an impression of love.

At first glance looking at the image, I was thinking; “these people must be heading into town for a night out or something”.
After studying the image for a good while working on the analysis, I still have that feeling.
This is an image of four friends (maybe the two holding hands are a couple) heading somewhere together to have a good, fun, happy time together, enjoying the nice weather.

Well, that is my opinion and analysis anyways 🙂