Distinctively Visual

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In what ways are people and their experiences brought to life through the distinctively visual? Make detailed reference to your prescribed text and at least ONE other related text. The distinctive quality of the visual relies on its potential to provoke some sort of emotion from the responders. Naturally, powerful visuals evoke emotions of fascination, sadness, anger, or will inspire an audience. Visual images, like all texts are produced for specific purposes and audiences and can therefore be either negative or positive. Through the distinctive features produced in the television show “Sea Change” and the iconic black and white image of the ‘the girl in the picture’ it is obvious that the visuals are brought to life when viewed by an audience, allowing an emotional response. The television series “Sea Change” is a reputable show that is particularly suited to the study of distinctively visual texts. Through two episode in particular ‘playing with fire’ and ‘mana from heaven’ it is evident that the events of the show are brought to life and we as a viewer can experience them first-hand. In the Episode titled ‘Playing with Fire’ Laura and Max are the two main protagonists in the scene Marco Polo. In this scene we learn about their developing attraction to each other through the distinctively visual techniques. The scene starts when Max finds Laura having a midnight dip, relieving her tension caused by the current heat wave. As he walks out onto the dock there is silence, all that is heard are Max’s footsteps, crickets and the sound of the ocean, these create tension between them. Max looks down upon Laura, this is apparent through the low angle he is shot at creating a sense of power leaving Laura feeling somewhat vulnerable. The two converse for a short while, until the game Marco Polo is brought up. When Max says “do you want to play?” the audience is left to interpret whether it was said with figurative or literal intention. The scene progresses and as...
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