Thursday, August 12, 2010
homELearning Activity 2 (S1-08: Eunice Loo Jia Xin)
Who is/are the focus/focuses in the image? How do you know that?
The focuses in the image are the rickshaw puller and the motorcyclist, as they are in the forefront of the picture, such that the the rest of the picture seems like the background.
Describe the characters/setting.
It was a typical day in the city, where there are traffic jams ever so often. Usually, people with an average income can afford to own a car, or a motorcycle at least - it is essential for them, being in a big city, where you have to travel efficiently. However, there are some people who cannot afford to own a vehicle, and have to rely on the few rickshaw pullers left in such modern days - it was the only feasible way to travel across the city without feeling worn out by the time they arrived at the destination. Hopefully the rickshaw puller is pumped up with a good night's sleep, or else they are going to be late for their meeting elsewhere.
What kind of story do you think lies behind the image? Explain.
I think that the story that lies behind this image is that in some countries, the income gap is growing wider and wider, as the rich become richer and the poor, poorer.
What do you think is/are the message/s the photographer is seeking to convey through the image?
I think that he is trying to get the public to know, understand, take notice and action of the plight in many countries where this phenomenon is happening today.
What do you like/dislike about the image? What would you have done differently if you were the photographer?
I would take this picture at a different timing, where a branded car passes the rickshaw puller, so that the emphasis of the difference between the rich and the poor are much more obvious than the original picture itself.