Unformatted text preview: more child-like in proportion to his tiny body frame. His face is almost as shiny as his clothing to enhance his “starlit” appearance. There is no movement in this photograph. The fact that half of his arms and the rest of his body can’t be seen makes the photograph so still, and stiff. It’s unnatural to see a young boy look so stiff. What is most moving is that Michael is not smiling. Wouldn’t a rising young and talented pop star wish to smile with confidence, delight and excitement? Even more so, he looks depressed. His shoulders are slightly slouched, his body is not faced forward, it is positioned passively, and his eyes…. .his eyes look lost, tired, angry, meek, and desolate. The expression in young Michael’s eyes contrasts the most with the whole idea of this photograph. Myth: That by being born into fame and fortune paves the road for a happy life....
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- Spring '09
- Semiotics, Semiotic Journal Analysis