In this assignment, you should practice writing using the writing process and developing a well-constructed analysis essay in formal register. The essay should show how an analysis of the visual components of an image leads to a better understanding of the image.
Process for Completion
The first step in this process will be to choose an image. Browse the images available through the Gordon Parks Foundation Archives. The link is available near the end of Unit 3. Choose an image that you find engaging. This image will be the subject of your essay.
After you have chosen your image, you should engage in some prewriting activities using the ideas and terms presented in Unit 3. First, take stock of your initial reactions to the image. What emotions did you feel as you first looked at the photograph?
Next, analyze the image by looking closely at the content, framing, composition, focus, color, lighting and context. What interesting or unique features do you notice about the image? What is the cultural or historical context of the image? You should record all of these activities in your next writer’s notebook assignment. Some of them will become important pieces of your final draft.
Next, it will be time to find your focus and begin generating a working thesis statement. For this assignment, your thesis will make a claim about the meaning of the image. In other words, what message does the image communicate? Remember, every image tells a story and an image may tell a different story depending on who is looking. Once you have decided what idea or story the image communicates to you, you will need to explain how content, framing, focus, color, angle and lighting come together to create that story or convey meaning.
After completing the previous steps, it will be time to begin drafting your essay. The following outline might help you to structure your initial draft.