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Unlike the previous photograph, this picture definitely shows the depressing side of war. It is first obvious that a U.S. soldier has died and a funeral is being held in their honor. By analyzing the background or landscape of this photograph, it’s not very clear if this was taken in the Middle East or in America, but by reading the caption, the viewer is soon clued in to where this funeral has taking place. The main intent of this photograph is to show what happens everyday over seas to our soldiers. Seeing this funeral arouses emotions within most Americans because of our ties to the men over sees. Acknowledging that this is a funeral, it makes it obvious that this photograph is a candid shot. This photograph really makes the audience ponder on how many soldiers lose his or her lives while fighting for everyone’s freedom that are back in America. Moving on to critiquing the visual rhetoric, distance plays a factor in how people understand this photo. Osan took this photograph far away from the soldiers, giving this image a less intense vibe. The distance of this photo also plays into the framing. Since there is a
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greater distance between Osan and the soldiers, the framing is very large. People viewing this photo are able to see more of the soldiers and parts of two caskets getting ready to be buried. The angle this photograph was taken in is another way to analyze Osan’s work. The angle used here is almost straight on with the soldier’s faces. Being able to see their faces creates intensity; the viewers can tell the sadness and concentration within all of the soldiers’ expressions. Seeing the faces of these soldiers is also possible not only by the angle, but by the lighting and focus. The light is being directly shown on their faces, making it easy to see their expressions. The light is also being shown on their uniforms and the main casket in the middle of the picture. With the light being shown on the soldier’s uniforms, it portrays a certain authority of being in the Air Force. The focus is also directed on the soldiers and the casket with the rest of the background being blurred. This allows the viewer to realize these images are what Osan wanted the viewers to mainly pay attention to. The American flags also use color as a form of rhetoric. The red, white and blue obviously symbolize America, which leads the audience to believe these are American soldiers that lost their lives. Thinking about the audience for this picture, the whole American population should be interested in this photograph. It evokes emotions from everyone since most Americans know someone overseas or know someone that has lost their lives in the battle for our freedom. Osan uses many forms of rhetoric in this photograph along with targeting
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