Blog 1

For this first blog, I used the links provided which lead me to the New York Times blog on photography. I was scrolling through and found the picture here: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/23/where-the-ice-and-the-population-is-thinning/ . For some reason it wouldn’t let me save it, sorry!

When I first looked at the picture, it reminded me of the George Washington picture we looked at in class; someone in the water who looks of importance and trying to accomplish something. It also looks freezing there as there as the man is standing on ice, even though there is not much other ice surrounding him; just dark clouds and snowed over mountains. I wondered how he was able to reach that small ice burg and his posture and stick he is holding comes across as if it is significant that he is on top of the only small piece of ice in the main piece of the picture. The title of the photograph on the site is “Where the Ice, and the Population, is Thinning.” I continued to read the few paragraphs underneath only to find out that this is a 64 year old man who is standing on an ice floe in northern Greenland. It mentions that the photographs are impressive but “not nearly as captivating to him as the people whose daily routines have been affected by rising temperatures and tides”…“Climate change is merely in the background”. After reading this, I realized that although this is a great photograph with great images, the underlying message or real photograph is making us realize that there are only one or two pieces of ice out there because of global warming. It isn’t about the man in the picture, rather all the people who have to deal with these drastic changes. I think this picture emphasizes that we really need to look beyond the picture to understand the full meaning and take in all the clues the picture presents.

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One comment

  1. I like the similarity that you point out between this photograph and Leutze’s painting of Washington Crossing the Delaware but this image is full of stillness whereas the latter is generally full of activity (except for Washington himself). On the New York Times blog, there is a lot of textual information accompanying this photograph that talks about the photographer’s process and intention. He is more interested in documenting the people and their culture than problems with the environment. Do you think the pictures themselves support this idea?

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