An image has context beyond the context of the image

by DRM

Filmmaker Errol Morris writes an interesting and occasional blog for the NY Times about photography. He’s interested in the way that the choices of the photographer influence the understanding of the viewer about the image. Photography has great power to manipulate, for its realism reduces our skepticism, yet the intent of a skillful photographer can influence our perception.

In this example, Morris shows how profoundly the choices in a caption can influence our reaction to a photo.

Look at the three photos above. They are all the same.

Go read Morris’ post to see his conclusions.

from Dan McCarthy’s Stream