Eng 101 R3
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
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