Power of Photography

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Heather Zieman
Photography 1 9:00 M/W
hziema035@mb.rctc.edu
How a Photo Can Change the World?
Our freedom did not come to us easily or fast. A lot of people fought for what we have today and that is our freedom. To me the flag means unity and that we all deserve respect no matter what race, religion, or gender, we should all have the right to come together as one. Of course this is not a perfect world and we cannot always get what we want but we always can believe in the possibilities.

The photo above is part of a series which is called Selma to Montgomery March by James H. Karales and I believe it is a very good photo to express the freedom. I think that this photo must have had a hard impact on everyone because certain people weren’t getting the rights that they deserved. The photo for me expresses so much just how the flag, because of the wind, wraps around the boy and he wants to be protected by the government but they instead are turning their backs against him. I also see the sadness on the boys face, how he just wants answers to everything but nobody is giving it to him. He wants to belong somewhere and also be wanted there. The photographer also has a different photo that I think is composed very well the same as this one. This photo also belongs in the same series and I cannot even begin to feel what they felt when they knew they had a long journey ahead of them. As I look at this picture, it looks like it just goes on forever never stopping, just more people climb on board so all their voices are heard. They just want what they should have and that’s all they ever wanted. I think both of these pictures are very powerful because they both say a statement about freedom. They also both have a flag in them representing the courage that they face and the dedication that they went through.

All of this reflects back to the Civil Rights Movement and how everyone fought for what they believed was right. The first march that they did ended...
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