My Comments

  1. Hi there 🙂 I really like the angle you are going for and I feel using composition will be an effective tool with showing the two sides of the argument in your article. The only suggestion I have looking at your chosen visuals, is the lack of semiotics. In order to create balance you will need to be careful with the objects you choose in your final image so they communicate meaning without causing visual clutter. Because we are only allowed to use visuals, you images need to be very powerful.. for example an image of a person meditating on a rock on top of a lake with a reflection below fitting the same shape of the man but instead of a mirror image of the man meditating.. you use an image of perhaps a Chinese soldier in combat? it will contrast the two sides of the argument, incorporate balance and composition as well as communicate meaning. I hope that makes sense! if not just ask me in class 😀
  1. Hey Neriah 🙂 I think your idea is really really interesting because it goes beyond USA and attempts to convey that this is a near future for all developed countries. I agree with you research that masking would be key in achieving your specific visual ‘look’. I see a lot of missing of images to create a message especially using peoples faces. A suggestion would be perhaps to summarise the meaning of you image in 5 words so that all your image choices are deliberate and the message doesn’t get lost. Perhaps I could suggest “Corruption of the American dream”. If this was what you wanted to go for, immediately corruption will give you images of greed, maybe even literal rust, erosion, a dystopic future etc. Having a key message will keep redirecting your ideas and planning back to what you are trying to say 🙂 also remember that your image is assessed on how it summarises the article, so try not to veer to far from the ‘American dream’ concept.
  1. Hi Loretta 🙂 Great to see your communication objective being so clear! you really know what angle you want to take and how to get there. I really like your idea of raining oil. Something to consider, is how you feel that you need to incorporate a human or people into your image to show that they are being affected. I feel you need not place a full human into the image but can effectively use human body parts such as hands, eyes, feet etc. This way you have less to edit in photoshop and also you can link the human parts to a meaning through semiotics. For example, by showing a human lung being affected by oil you can communicate ideas regarding suffocation and breathing etc. Hope that helps 😀
  1. Hi James 🙂 you have chosen a really good article because it covers really deep themes (no pun intended :P). I think selecting a global warming theme is a great choice as you can easily choose images to convey your meaning (globe, flames, thermometer etc). Something to watch out for would be to show the idea of suffocation of the fish. Fish and sea creatures lack expression so you will have to show them suffering in a creative way… as sadistic as that sound lol. Perhaps your could use gestalt psychology? like in the film finding Nemo, the school of fish portrayed meaning through the way they were arranged. Just an idea, hope you found this comment helpful 🙂
  1. Hey Jaime 🙂 great work on getting this done so quickly and knowing what direction you want to go in right from the start. Your idea of using red will definitely draw the eye to the image and give very strong meaning. One thing to note is that the colour red also symbolises danger and warning, this could conflict with your idea that it spurs the appetite. The way you use red can swing the viewer perception either away. Thats my two cents 😛

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