Sunday, November 16, 2008

Question for the class, On Photography

Christie Hougham presents this question in her reading log....

My question is, do you believe that images have lost some of there intended effect due to the desensitization that people have acquired from media and tragedies?

8 comments:

Spring said...

Unfortunately, I do believe that there has been a certain amount of desensitization due to the amount of images that are now being consumed from the entertainment industry. The amount of violent and graphic images that are provided for entertainment purposes is so vast, that when we see an image that actually depicts something that is a real life graphic image, we don't feel the impact that the image should produce.

Spring Atkinson

Hollandjill said...

I believe that these days it may take more in a photograph to get the intended effect across to the general public. I do believe that some images will always make people think and relate to the public but I do think that it is easy to pass by something that should make you cringe or laugh but now wouldn't get a second glance.

Ortolf

Stephen J. Nesbit said...

I think there is some truth to that.. but not in how you might think.

It would really depend on your upbringing and culture.

An image that might have lost some of it's meaning for us, may still be an extremely powerful image to certain groups of people that shun modern technology, but still appreciate photographs, so for instance, the Amish.

Just a thought.

a teacher said...
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a teacher said...

I wonder if Amish people are allowed to look at photographs, because it is technology? (Outside of that time period when an Amish teen is expected to step away from the community and experiment with everything they've been forbidden to experience.)

this sheds some light on the question....they look at photos (caledars, books, etc.) but don't particularly like having their photo taken. http://www.amishnews.com/amisharticles/amishand%20photos.htm

Sky and AIR said...

I believe we as a nation are desensitization so many things. we see a piture of a naked man or women and most of just go about oour days. Some people may actually turn away from those images. When we see tragedies in photos sometimes I can not help but to to want to look away from it. But, that is just who i am a a person. I do not like to see people in pain.

Sophia.Stalliviere said...

I think for creative purposes there is a level of needing to be better than the picture before because pictures are so easily disposible. But no matter what we still enjoy what pictures we take of family and friends and share them on sites like flickr, myspace, facebook, the list is endless. So with out digital cameras we couldn't have that instantaneous gratification of enjoying a picture.

Jessica said...

I think that images have lost a great deal of their intended effect due to desensitization, unfortunately that is a side effect of our culture. We see so much violence and distraction through the media that it is almost impossible to not be desensitized to tragedy.