A persuasive image
1. I found a couple of examples of landscape photographs that “are being used to assert a particular ideological point of view.” I wanted to choose different media and purposes to think about the elements that go into these persuasions.
Whilst not about landscape, the crux of the image is set within an urban space- likely chosen for its modern, clean and looked-after visage. The plug-hole is very effective as it’s a single image that -within the landscape- totally encapsulates the product.
Pollution painting – Tomas Sanchez
Whereas the advert was a little subtle, this artwork is far more purposeful and on-the-nose. The message is explicit- the vast landscape of detritus and the only a trail of power lines leading across the skyline.
2. I feel strongly about the use of wind turbines and farms in order to produce clean energy. I was asked to design a shot that would “have a persuasive effect upon a viewer”.
If I were to be persuasive or even set out to ‘lie’, I would need strong imagery. The strength of the positive image of the turbine(s) would be important. A simple visual way of doing this would be to contrast with something immediately negative. I instantly considered black smoke or smog- the typical visual element when showing pollution and carbon. From this, I considered the idea of a wind turbine blowing away the dirty smoke from a landscape.
I don’t have any knowledge or skill when it comes to photo-manipulation or photoshop, so I sketched how this shot could look.
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