Monday, February 1, 2010

Visual Analysis

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Now, we’re not going to write a thousand words, but pick two of the pictures below and compare them. Compare their visual elements. Compare their argument. Compare their effect on the viewer and the way those effects are created. As we just read Richard Selzer’s The Surgeon as Priest, how do the images you chose to analyze relate to that essay?

Really analyze these images. Don’t stop with something like, “This picture shows a scary looking surgeon and reinforces people’s fears about going under the knife.” Continue on with how that effect is created. What specifically in the image makes the surgeon look “scary”? Don’t forget colors, lighting, angle, medium, and other effects.

Please blog your analysis.

Click on the thumbnails to see a larger version of the entire image.

surgeon (1)surgeon-putting-on-masksurgeonsSurgeon young


  1. Are we going to present these tomorrow? I would love to see what other people thought and maybe if my ideas were on the right track.

  2. That wasn't my plan, but we can try to work it in during the next few days. Maybe we can take a few minutes to debrief tomorrow, but I'm hoping tomorrow's activity is helpful for structural analysis and I don't want to take too much time away from it.

  3. Ok! Sounds great to me! Just thought I'd ask.