Appreciating Artworks from the Exhibit, "For a Higher Truth: A Photographic Tale of Falun Dafa's Principled Resistance": "A Tragically Heroic Countenance"


PureInsight | October 31, 2005

[] This is an excellent photograph. The photographer produced a high-impact composition that is very typical of American journalism photography by emphasizing the contrast between the sizes of characters in the foreground and the background in order to accentuate the main character in the foreground. The message on the yellow scarf and the photographs in the arms of Falun Dafa practitioners in the parade explain the background information of the event. The audience can easily guess that this is a Falun Dafa practitioners' parade to mourn for and memorize their fellow practitioners that have been tortured to death in China. The photographer did an excellent job in expressing the feelings of the featured character in yellow scarf - Mr. David Liang. The persecution and tribulations he was subjected to has transformed him into an even more dignified and righteous spirit. The uncompromising spirit registered on his face, especially in his eyes. The portrait of David Liang is the main reason why this is such a successful photograph.

This is a frequently used composition in journalism photography and movies because it is very powerful approach of expression, especially in today's American journalism and films. In order to accentuate the main character and his personality, the photographer often use a close shot of the main character and distance shot of the background in the same photograph or camera shot in order to highlight its visual impact. When using this type of composition, it is essential that the main character's facial expression match the theme of the photograph.

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