Author: stambs2014

The Beach

The Beach

This picture best shows what it means to gaze. The term gaze means to show the relationship of looking in which the subject is caught up in dynamics of desire. This picture shows a man looking out onto the beach and ocean. This is a power image. It shows him by himself gazing into the water. His back is to us because the photographer wants to show exactly what his is gazing at. Why he is gazing could be a number of reasons. He could just like the peacefulness of being at the beach. He could also be asking himself the same question most people ask while at the beach; what’s there in all that water? This photo also shows the respect the ocean should be given. It could easily sweep us away. As the way he is gazing and the way the photographer took the picture is very powerful. He took the picture so we are eye level, almost standing behind him. This view allows us to feel how he feels. It also shows the view of the ocean going on for miles and miles, as far as the eye can see. This photo is perfect for anyone who loves the beach. It captures the beauty and mystique of the ocean and what truly is out there in all of that water. For the viewer gazing on the subject (the man in the photo), the viewer gets a sense of tranquility and peacefulness. The viewer can almost feel the ocean breeze and smell the salty air. In conclusion, this is a very powerful image. It captures multiple senses like sight, smell, and feel. It truly shows the respect the ocean deserves and shows the beauty of the beach.


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The image I selected to write about is a historical image. It is an image from a time in America history when baseball was the way of life. in the time of the golden era, baseball was America’s game. I found the picture on I was on the site and came across something that interests me; sports. This image is very much part of our visual culture because it has an intended audience. This image is trying to target sports fans everywhere to think smoking is supported by big league players, which it very much was in the past. I believe the audience was reached.  Baseball was such a big part of society at the time that many young and old people would buy The World’s Champions cigarettes. The image of the actual baseball player makes him look serious and ready to play ball.  He is mustache also makes him look older and cool. Barthes would look at this image and go through the three steps of linguistic, denoted, and connoted. For linguistic, he would say that is a baseball player and an ad for a cigarette company. For the denoted part, he would say it say the baseball player symbolizes fame and a fun sport. This tries to sell to people that if famous people are smoking, why aren’t you? Finally the connoted part would be the whole idea of the country. The fact that baseball was the biggest part of the time and so was smoking in baseball. Some players smoked during the game. This is why they are using people’s love of baseball to sell cigarettes.