1 Goltikinos

Still Image Analysis Essay

Analysis of a Still Image

  • Length: 327 words (0.9 double-spaced pages)
  • Rating: Excellent
Open Document

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - More ↓
Analysis of a Still Image

The denotation of the image which I can see in the frame is a bible
with a rose and handcuffs. There is a open bible, the rose looks dead
which represents funerals and it looks cut, one of the type or roses
you would find in a flower shop and the handcuffs are in the middle
right on top of everything else.

In the frame the first object I see is the bible, the bible connotes
beliefs, religion and god, church, holiness, commandments (rules) and
Christmas because at Christmas people often read the bible with their
families. It also associates Jesus, truthful and the innocence. The
bible also shows good VS evil. A bible is a holy book the most
important book in the Christian religion. The second object is the
dead rose which connotes, going to die, closed, love, sympathy
funerals and weddings. The handcuffs connotes police, law, isolating,
secure, stop, block , arresting, detaining, criminal, negative, bad,
and evil.

One of the things this image altogether is showing me is that the
bible shows me that someone who must have been quiet holy made a crime
by mistake and has committed murder. The handcuffs repentant the crime
because people usually get handcuffed when they commit a crime and the
dead rose represents the person who they murdered.

Another connotation of this image could be someone was murdered in a
church. The bible in this case represents the church and the rose
represents someone dieing and the handcuffs represent criminals.

It could also have been a funeral of a police officer because the
bible shows someone who done good in there life and the rose shoes
there red and the handcuffs show a piece of equipment which reminds
you of a police inspector.

The final connotation of this image could be poster set up by the FDI
department or maybe a cultures group in order to show the people of
this century the right way of live, and if you chose the wrong way

How to Cite this Page

MLA Citation:
"Analysis of a Still Image." 123HelpMe.com. 10 Mar 2018

LengthColor Rating 
Essay on Brian, the Still Hunter and Its Wavering Image Analysis - In “Brian, the Still Hunter” and “Its Wavering Image” Susanna Moodie and Edith Eaton use focalization and narrative voice to show the unreliability and subjectivity of life. They do this by slowly developing the narrative voice of Brian and Pan and limiting the perception of the reader. The development of the narrative voices of both Brian and Pan, allows the reader to understand the narrative through the character's emotions. In the beginning of both stories, both of the characters' narrative voices are almost non-existent....   [tags: susanna moodie, edith eaton, focalization]1621 words
(4.6 pages)
Powerful Essays[preview]
Essay about Media and Unrealistic Body Image - ... Additionally, in a recent study, Fredrickson and Roberts detailed an objectification theory, which examined women who were imperiled to an objectifying culture, and found that they were often cultured to define themselves through external traits such as appearance, also known as self-objectification. This objectification was frequently triggered by social contexts and portrayal of women’s bodies, and established that high disclosure to mass media and sexual objectification caused females to consider their own bodies as objects....   [tags: idealistic image, magazines]
:: 9 Works Cited
1052 words
(3 pages)
Term Papers[preview]
Essay on New Wavelet Based Image Denoising Method - Image Processing is any form of signal processing for which the input is an image or video frame; the output of image processing is set of parameters related to the image. The goal of our research presents a new wavelet based image denoising method to be compared with curvelet denoising and contourlet denoising. The Multi resoulution Analysis (MRA) transformation is implemented using the three transforms, Wavelet Curvelet and Contourlet. The wavelet transformation algorithm is implemented to compresses the essential information in a signal into few, large coefficients with in time and frequency transformation....   [tags: SNR, image processing, contourlet]
:: 9 Works Cited
2098 words
(6 pages)
Term Papers[preview]
Maya Angelou's Still I Rise Essay - This seminar paper will look at a poem written by Maya Angelou, Still I rise, 1978. An analysis of this poem will be provided, exploring the meaning of the poem and the language used to present a certain image to the audience. “Dr. Angelou experienced the brutality of racial discrimination, but she also absorbed the unshakable faith and values of traditional African-American family, community, and culture”(www.mayaangelou.com, 2014). This poem is Maya Angelou speaking to the audience as she explains the problems she has overcome such as; racism, sexism, bullying and other problems in her life that she has managed to move on from.This poem is set in a first person narrative, Angelou explains...   [tags: poetry analysis]
:: 1 Works Cited
896 words
(2.6 pages)
Better Essays[preview]
A Bruised Self Image: An Analysis of Conflict in John Keats' "On Seeing the Elgin Marbles" - John Keats' "On Seeing the Elgin Marbles" is a sonnet written upon visiting the British Museum, subsequent to the country's purchase of marble statues that had originally been part of the Parthenon in Athens. The poem contains a web of underlying tensions and conflicts that are evident in both the words and imagery of the poem. However, unlike other sonnets in which conflict is often resolved by the end, this sonnet leaves a lasting feeling of despair which sheds light on the internal strife embodied within the speaker himself....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
:: 5 Works Cited
1394 words
(4 pages)
Powerful Essays[preview]
Country Music: The Image and the Reality Essay - Sunday after church, on a quiet balmy summer day, dinner is fresh, hot, and ready for immaculate consumption. After clearing the table, the men adjourn to the front porch to talk politics, church, and relax after a long week of satisfying the burdensome requirements of familial responsibilities. After all, what man is there who would not rather be fishing. The women, on the other hand, scurry in the kitchen, do the dishes, clean up, and put things away; while repeating the local gossip about who is seeing who; who should and who should not be marrying who....   [tags: Music Analysis ]
:: 8 Works Cited
1944 words
(5.6 pages)
Term Papers[preview]
LGBTQ Are Still a Source of Conflict in Canada Essay - Pauline Rankin’s Sexualities and National Identities: Re-imagining Queer Nationalism focuses on the historical priorities of the Canadian government as well as society to re-examine the relationship between national identities and sexual minorities in the country today. Rankin’s focus looks predominantly at the role of women and the construction of their place within national discourse and queer nationalism, given a feminist analysis. The national identities found in Canada have always revolved around the regulation of the sexual preferences and practices of Canadians because it reflects a desire to understand what citizens are up to, even when it goes beyond the bounds of what is considered...   [tags: sexuality and national identity]612 words
(1.7 pages)
Better Essays[preview]
The Image of Persons with Disabilities as Portrayed in a Newspaper - The newspaper dailies, have the ability to link persons with disability to the world. Still, no research has been found specifically on persons with disabilities and their portrayal in the newspaper daily in India. Many studies have focused on the more general topic of disabilities in the news (Mick 1996; Power 2006; Haller, Dorries, and Rahn 2006). Person with disabilities are also part of the society. The newspaper dailies depict the persons with disabilities, as reflection of the society’s perspective about them....   [tags: newspapers, disability studies, content analysis]
:: 17 Works Cited
3331 words
(9.5 pages)
Term Papers[preview]
Analysis of Still Life With Peppermint Bottle by Paul Cezanne Essay - Analysis of Still Life With Peppermint Bottle by Paul Cezanne Paul Cezanne is considered one of the greatest and most memorable artists of the Post-Impressionist period. His techniques were admired and greatly influential in the development of Cubism and many other modern art movements. He employed several styles in his works, such as his still life productions. In 1894 he produced a brilliant piece of work entitled “Still Life with a Peppermint Bottle”. Through this work he used elaborate techniques that most artists had not even discovered during his era....   [tags: essays papers]922 words
(2.6 pages)
Better Essays[preview]
Analysis of Still from Sixth Sense Using Mise en Scène Essay - Analysis of Still from Sixth Sense Using Mise en Scène This camera angle is a "medium close-up." We know this because we can see the head and shoulders of the character. This shot shows the main purpose of the scene by focusing on a single character and creates a sense of intimacy by being within close proximity of a lone character. Setting The setting is almost haunting. It's a make-shift tent within the boys bedroom and inside there is a holy shrine. This generates a sense of mystery due to its surrealism....   [tags: Papers]605 words
(1.7 pages)
Good Essays[preview]

Related Searches

Image         Good Vs Evil         Christian Religion         Police Officer         Looks         Frame         Poster         Commandments         Block        

there could be actions. The bible in the case would represent the
good, and the hand cuffs will show the evil, the rose dead would show
if you choose the wrong path u might end up like the rose.

The meaning which I think is to show there are many options in life
always make sure u think before picking the right on. The caption I
have chosen for the image is “always think before you do something “.
This caption would emphasize to the target audience to think before
they do something because the consequences won’t always be good.

ENG101.CV1 -- English Composition I

Prof. Eileen Joy (Fall 2006)

Essay 2

Historical Image Analysis: The Vietnam War

Fig. 1. Vietnam Napalm, Trang Bang (1972), by Huynh Cong (Nick) Ut (copyright Associated Press)

In-Class Draft WorkshopMonday, Oct. 30
Final Draft DueMonday, Nov. 6
Format4 pages minimum, double-spaced, 1"-margins

For this assignment, you will select an iconic (meaning important or enduring) photograph (not a painting, video, or other media) related to the Vietnam War, describe it to the readers and analyze how that photograph “defines the war ” or presents a particular view of its historical moment.

We know that history is documented by two kinds (or maybe more) of print texts: the first being the archival document (like the actual parchment Declaration of Independence that we could see in a museum) as well as by historical accounts written by witnesses (“I was there”) or by historians (“Here’s what happened at the signing of the Declaration of Independence….”). Witness and historian accounts, of course, each present a particular perspective of the event. When we think of history, we often think of texts.

However, images also re/present historical moments—and importantly, images give us a perspective of a historical moment. Because visual images are powerful, we sometimes can see the picture of an event in our mind’s eye long after we forget any written account of the event. Many of you probably recall the events of 9/11 through the images you saw on television or in magazines, more so than you recall it through, say, the 9/11 Commission Report. These images, horrifying as they may have been, ultimately represent not only an actual moment in history; they also symbolize what the event means to us personally and to our nation.

Our historical memories are filled with such visual images, such as the one above of the naked ten-year-old Vietnamese girl running down a street having survived a napalm attack during the Vietnam War. Even if we weren’t alive or have no historical recollection of an event, these images represent a version of that history to us. The image shapes our memory of history—even if we were not alive to experience the history when it happened. The photograph above, for example, paints a portrait of the war that strikes a very different chord within us than, say, this photograph:

Figure 2. Wounded paratrooper of the 101st Airborne guides a medical evacuation helicopter through the jungle foliage to pick up casualties (Hue, South Vietnam, in 1968)

Or this one:

Figure 3. South Vietnamese Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Vietcong officer (by Eddie Adams)

Or this one:

Figure 4. Kent State University student protest against Vietnam War (1970) ends in four student deaths (by John Filo, a photojournalism student)

Getting Started With This Assignment
You will need to locate a photograph that is related top any aspect of the Vietnam War. You can try to find an image on-line using Google’s “Image” search. Sometimes these images are difficult to find on-line. Ask for help if you can’t find the image you want. You may also find images in a book or magazine. You will need a copy of the image to accompany your paper. Please be careful to find a photograph that has an obvious perspective; in other words, it is framed in a particular way by the photographer to "make a statement," to "say something" specific about the war. In other words, it should be a photograph that is clearly framed from a subjective point-of-view (as opposed to an objective point-of-view, which would be neutral and unbiased).

Almost all of the photographs that you might want to use are copyrighted—even if they are on the Internet. We’ll talk in class about how to work with those images and give credit in your paper to the photographer and web site or book where you found it.

Here are some websites you might find useful:

After you find the photograph, you will want to: (1) describe and analyze the image, and (2) think about the historical significance of that photograph.  Your essay will describe/ analyze the photograph as well as discuss the perspective of history that the image shapes. You can even do some informal surveying of peers to find out what they think about the image.

Keep in mind that the perspective that is given may or may not be historically accurate, and it will most likely not be historically complete. That’s okay. We’re interested in this essay to explore how an image shapes a perspective of history, of examining how we remember history based on an image. We’re not so much concerned about whether or not that perspective is accurate, though we might discuss that in the essay, too.

Since, in your HIST111B class you have been (and will be) concentrating on issues of how people remember the past, and the different ways in which different people perceive the past, please feel free to bring in material you've read and discussed in this class into your analysis of your photograph.

Structure of Final Essay
Your essay should have, roughly, four sections:

1. Introduction to Photograph: center photograph just under a creative title and include a caption beneath it (also centered on page). Provide some specific contextual information about the photograph: who took it, where, when, and what is the general scene being depicted? What historical details can you provide, if any, about the "who, what, where, and when" of the photogaph?

2. More Broad Historical Context: provide one to two paragraphs worth of information, as you see fit, pertaining to the larger historical context of the photograph, that you think would help your reader better understand what your photograph is connected to on a more broad, historical level. This will likely entail information about the Vietnam War in general, but might also include information about specific events within that war--the My Lai Massacre, the Kent State shootings, the self-immolation of Buddhist monks, specific battles, etc. Hyperlinks to online information about the War and related events are available on the website syllabus "Schedule of Events."

3. Analysis of the Photograph:

    What is the setting or scene? What action is happening or has happened? What features of the photograph do you first notice? What features do you notice upon closer inspection?

    Who is in the photograph? Describe the physical characteristics of the people: what are they wearing? What do they look like? Describe their emotional or mental characteristics? What kind of expressions do they have?

    Look at the way in which the photograph is framed--what is the angle from which it is taken; what features are in the foreground, the background, off to the side, etc.? What seems to be emphasized the most, and how do the different figures--human otherwise--intersect or stand apart in the photograph?

    Why might this photograph have been taken? Why was this picture something that the photographer felt was important to capture? What draws you toward this photograph and make you interested in it?

    What do you think about the historical moment that is captured in this photograph? What about the photograph makes you think that way? How does the photograph shape your understanding of the historical moment?

4. Conclusion: consider your experience of watching Oliver Stone's Platoon, reading Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, and now, thinking and writing about your photograph. Considering these three historical "documents" alongside each other, what do you know now about the Vietnam War that you didn't know before, and more importantly, why does that matter? [There is NO right or wrong answer to this question--it is philosophical in nature, and should be treated as such, but it is also asking you to consider, on a deeper level, why knowing anything at all about a past historical event might be meaningful to you, or to others. Please feel free to draw upon any discussions you may have had in the HIST111B course that you feel might pertain to your thoughts here.]

Works Cited Page: you should attached to your essay a Works Cited page that includes citations for any online resources you used in your essay, as well as the citation for where you found your photograph. Here are some examples of how that would look [also, click on links to see what I am citing and please note how citations that take up more than one line on a page are indented]:

1. Online Photograph:

Stone, Dana. "Bong Son, Vietnam, 1966." The Digital Journalist: Requiem. <http://www.


Ulevich, Neil. "Waist deep in the big muddy." Vietnam Memories.<http://www.watermargin.

2. Online Article or Webpage:

"My Lai Massacre." Wikipedia. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Lai_massacre>.

Lewis, Jerry M. and Thomas R. Hensley. "The May 4 Shootings at Kent State University: The

Search for Historical Accuracy." Kent State University. <http://dept.kent.edu/


Chapter 11 in The Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing, "Analyzing Images" (pp. 293-300), is a good place to go first to get some initial pointers on how to analyze the rhetoric (i.e., the "argument") of visual images. This chapter mainly concentreates on the analysis of images in advertising, so it is only a start. Look also at Chapter 3 in Seeing and Writing, "Capturing Memorable Moments" (pp. 220-29 and 266-77, but also Susan Sontag's essay, "On Photography," pp. 292-94). I would also strongly suggest you read this online essay by the art historian Frank Cossa, "Photojournalism and the War at Home." Finally, for further assistance in understanding how photographers use their cameras to "frame" an image a particular way, go here (American Photography website) and follow the link for "Image Lab."

**This assignment represents an emended version of Prof. Sharon McGee's "Historical Image Analysis" assignment.

Leave a Comment


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *