Paper #1 - Cory Eng 101 R3 Paper #1 A Picture is Worth a...

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Cory Eng 101 R3 Paper #1 A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words Art can be defined as the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance (dictionary.com). Essentially anything that has meaning. When we look at art (paintings, photos, and sculptures), most of us see only the surface, what’s visible. Is the painting pretty? Is it colorful? Does it catch our eye? The answer may be yes, it may be no, but it’s more than that. A piece’s meanings, or connotations, can differ far from its face value. The artist Arthur Fellig, better known as Weegee, was renowned for his images of violence and crime in New York City. He would use a police scanner to discover where events were taking place and then rush to the scene before police to capture the events with his camera. A particular example of this is his photo entitled Their First Murder in which he captures a real-life audience to a murder. When we look at this photo, we’re looking at the denotations of the photo. What we can observe and nothing more. We see first that it’s a black and white print, approximately ten inches wide and eleven inches long. It seems to have been taken in the later evening, according to the sky at the time (somewhat dark). We also notice an array of people, all Caucasian, in somewhat of a large group. There are six males, ranging from early to possibly late teens, and five females; three young, two old. There are buildings in
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