Mini Analysis of West Bank Turmoil Photo Essay

I picked to do a different photo essay to write my second mini analysis on, because I feel that we have already talked enough about the other two featured photo essays. The photo essay I have chosen shows protests in Israel against the imprisonment of a Palestinian named Arafat Jaradat, and then also shows pictures in Palestine of Arafat Jaradat’s death and further protest.

Starting out in the photo essay you begin to see problems arising with protestors in Israel. The photo above, shows how the photographer, who is very well in the middle of the protest, makes her to catch an angle where you seem like you are in the middle of things. With the haze and smoke coming off the tire, it makes the scene more eerie. Also, on the top left side you see light coming down, but it starts to disappear into the dark smoke to the right hand of the picture. As the protestor is looking towards the light, you kind of get a sense that there could be promise, but you can still see people through the haze who seem to be in a struggle, so it still leaves you with questions. The addition with the contrast coming from the tires as it mixes with the black smoke makes the picture pop more, and it kind of steals the focus from other parts of the picture to the middle.

Palestinian woman prays during the funeral for Arafat Jaradat.

This is the second photo that I believe sticks out to be deeply. During this time of turmoil, the Palestinian and Israeli people have gone through a lot of problems with each other and with this picture you can see that, because everything other than her hands grasping what looks like some prayer beads makes it believe that the only thing that these people have at this moment is their faith. A lot of times photographers try and use this approach of a fully dark scene with one part lightened up, but it often comes off as corny. This I believe brings a beautiful message, because you receive a strong message that the photo journalist is trying to present.

Really every photo in this essay is strong and holds a great message, but these were the two that stuck out to me.


Photos from my semester in South Korea and others.

Walk by Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea – Horizontal


Street outside of Myeong-dong Shopping District Seoul, South Korea – Rule of Thirds

Palace in Seoul, South Korea (Can’t Remember Name) – Rule of Thirds

Bridge of No Return in Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea

Outside of my house in Bismarck, North Dakota

Jeju Island Coast in South Korea

Visual Culture Introduction

To be honest, I wasn’t signed up for this class right away, because I first looked over it and didn’t think it would help towards my major. Then I realized that it actually works perfect as an addition to what I’m studying.

Unlike a lot of people in our class, I am actually an English major.My main focus is linguistics and Technical Writing, so I find getting the chance to read about how to add visual aspects to your writing very interesting. One big thing about technical writing is how the document is received by the audience. If they audience isn’t able to relate with the document visually, they start to become less interested in the document, and your directions or FAQ could be lost.

Even though we will be mostly focusing on imagery it’s still somewhat intriguing to learn about how images grasp people’s attention and how we perceive certain pictures with closure. I can’t quite think of anything in my field that would deal with closure, but when we see logos and images, closure is all around us and it’s what makes certain images be engraved into our minds compared to other logos or images.

This was just a brief introduction and even though I may not have the design background as a lot of other people, I look forward to what will come during this semester.