An audience with its context but by comparing osans

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an audience with its context, but by comparing Osan’s photo with Frayer’s, it becomes apparent that there are many similarities and differences between the two. Both of these photographs have multiple things in common as well as many contrasting elements. The context that is displayed in both pictures is obviously a little different in that, the photo by Frayer has young children and a soldier conversing peacefully. Whereas, the photo by Osan is depressing; showing soldiers conducting a funeral for their fellow soldiers. The question of a photograph being candid or set up is different for these photographs as well. Frayer’s photo seems to be set up whereas Osan’s picture seems to be candid. Distance and framing are also both used differently within each photograph. Frayer’s picture is more closed off by not showing
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as much information, it’s close up and also cuts out the soldier’s face. Osan however, used a longer distance from his subjects and a wider frame so when people look at his photo, they are able to draw more conclusions. Light and focus were used in the same manor within each photograph because in Frayer’s photo the light and focus is on the children’s faces and the soldier’s uniforms. As for Osan’s picture, the fixation becomes the soldiers’ faces, their uniforms and the two caskets. Analyzing these two pictures seemed to be quite a task in that they both had some similarities, but many differences as well. Visual rhetoric is just as important as textual rhetoric. Both of these forms allow individuals to depict specific parts of texts and pictures to fully understand what authors and photographers are trying to achieve. Though both of these photographs were about the War on Terror over seas, they were portraying two different sides of this decade long war. Each photographer photographed these pictures in different ways to be able to evoke different emotions. Frayer’s photograph was taken in order to show a more positive side of war, but also in an attempt to maybe lessen American prejudice against the Middle Eastern population. Osan on the other hand, photographed the horrible downside of this decade long war that we seem to be stuck in. Both of these photographs prove that there are always two sides to every story; each picture has different context, uses forms of rhetoric to prove a point and targets an audience. All in all, being able to analyze a photo helps a viewer dig down deep to figure out the photographer’s true purpose in capturing a moment.
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Works Cited: Frayer, Kevin. “Afghanistan: a decade long war.” U.S.A. Today . U.S.A. Today, n.d. Web. 9 October 2011. Osan, Gurinder. “Afghanistan: a decade long war.” U.S.A. Today. U.S.A. Today, n.d. Web. 9 October 2011.
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