Picture Stories

Take a tour of at least three of the following news slide shows or “picture stories.” Then pick one and discuss it in the comments section below.

Tell us: What is your reaction? What do you notice? What story is the photographer trying to tell? What makes the picture story work?

Chocolate’s Not-So-Sweet Side (MSNBC.com)

Hudson River Plane Crash (Reuters.com)

In Baghdad, Signs of a Rebirth (MSNBC.com)

Carnival Around the World (MSNBC.com)

Virginia Syrup-Makers Question Their Future (WashingtonPost.com)

New York Fashion Week (NYTimes.com)

Brett Favre Retires (WashingtonPost.com)

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42 Responses to Picture Stories

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  2. mshanley says:

    I was very interested in the story “Carnival Around the World.” I thought it was very intriguing to see all the different ways that various parts of the world celebrated. What stuck out to me were the vibrant costumes and floats that graced the streets of the respective cities. It seems as though the photographer is trying to teach the customs of other regions to those who know nothing about them. The picture story works because it shows all the variations of celebrations and the captions say just enough about the picture to get a good feel for what it’s about.

  3. stefmariexo says:

    The picture story I chose to write about is carnival around the world. I had no idea that there were so many elaborate carnivals around the world, giving me a surprising reaction to all the crazy designs, colors, and people that participate in all these amazing shows. I noticed that the carnivals were in all different places, the pictures were vivid with color and they had amazing props to go along with the story. I believe the photographer is trying to tell a story about culture and how we all should experience all the different traditions, such as these carnivals, and embrace all the differences of each and every country. Each slide is beautiful and shows a different element of each celebration. The picture story works because the pictures flow together perfectly and are crisp and clear and almost make you feel like you are experiencing the carnival right at your computer, or make you want to go visit all these countries to see the shows take place.

    Stefanie.

  4. Julia Hays says:

    I checked out MSNBC’s slideshow about Carnival, since I have celebrated it in the past in Argentina and wanted to see what photos were captured…though I have to say Carnival in Brazil is much more ostentatious then it is in Jujuy, Argentina.

    The slideshow did a good job of showing variety. Rather than depicting the same floats or costumes in each photo, there were, in many cases, only one photo for each display.

    It was practical that the slideshow starts in Rio de Janiero, home of the world’s largest Carnival celebrations. There are scenes of huge floats and displays and also close-ups of people in facepaint and costumes, dancing along to the music. There are also photos of other Carnival locations as well.

    I think the photographer, who obviously had a lot of intense, exciting images to work with, did a good job of showing the celebratory nature of Carnival.

  5. rowanuniversitysga says:

    The Hudson River Plane Crash was a big event, but I never related a sense of urgency with it until I viewed these pictures. The pictures with just one item stood out the most to me; it made more of a statement seeing a single floating life vest rather than a crowd of people. I believe the photographer was trying to portray the urgency of the day, as well as the immense amount of people working together to help each other. The story works because of the emotion portrayed through the images: the screaming woman, the injured passengers, the emergency response team hard at work, etc.

    Beth K.

  6. Camille says:

    The MSNBC slideshow, “Carnival Around the World” was amazing. All of the costumes were so elaborate and colorful. Each parade was bigger and better than the last. Each picture has a caption, so if you’re unfamiliar with the event you have an idea of what the festivities are all about. I think the story the photographer was trying to tell had to do with tradition and culture around the world. The picture story works because you would have to see the floats, costumes and crowds to comprehend how large of a celebration this was.

  7. Anthony says:

    Chocolate’s Not-So-Sweet Side

    The slave-like labor that the pictures illustrate really aren’t all that shocking considering how so many raw materials come from underdeveloped regions.

    The focus on children and their injuries is effective and makes the story real. It makes the consumer aware of what they’re encouraging when buying certain products.

    Other than the children, the shots from a distance of desolate living conditions make the story palpable.

  8. shana1823 says:

    “Hudson River Plane Crash”

    My immediate reaction to this slideshow is feeling the devastation of the passengers and flight workers. Seeing the first picture of the damaged left engine shows just how extensive the crash was. The photographer is trying to tell the story of how the passengers reacted during this scary event. However, I think at first look it’s confusing what the topic of the story is. You’d think it was about the physical damage to the plane, but then continues to be more about the recovery of the passengers. I think it should have started with the picture of the passengers standing on the wings (the one that was broadcast worldwide) because the topic is more recognizable that way. I noticed the page is very simplistic, dark in color, and has small descriptions. Since the event was dramatic enough, I think this simplicity is perfect to tell the story. I also enjoyed the thumbnail pictures on the side because the audience can pick and choose what they would like to see more of. The Hudson River pictures had more pictures than the other 3 slideshows I looked at. I think that more is better in this case because people get all angles to a story (emotions of passengers and emergency personnel, actual physical damage, statistics on timing, etc). All this makes the event feel more real to the viewer and more captivating.

  9. laurages says:

    I’m choosing to write about the Hudson River Plane crash story. Obviously this was an amazing story because none of the passengers died. I noticed, especially in photos of the victims, that there were not any pictures showing victims looks really scared. This was probably to show what a great job all of the emergency rescuers on the scene really did with everything. The story works because it shows the story in full. It shows pictures from when the plane was in the water all the way to when they pulled the engine from the river.

    -Laura

  10. Jim Cook, Jr. says:

    The Hudson River river plane crash slideshow was eerie and slightly disturbing. I really thought the whole manner of the pictures came off as creepy. Probably something not as noticeable at first, but still striking is the image of New York City in the background, channeling a post-9/11 feel. The photographer’s aim is to show the after-math of the emergency landing of the US Airways jet into the river, many of the images reveal ice patches, showing the dangers. The pictures work for the story because it shows the plane being lifted out and the rescue and recovery aid sent to the scene. As scary as it is, everyone was rescued.

  11. mikeanello says:

    The Brett Favre slideshow is a good one because it has all elements of Favre’s career. It shows him being a gunslinger, interacting with his former coach Mike Holmgren, kissing his wife Deanna, and his ability to have fun while playing. The slideshow started with the Jets, which was the last team Favre played with, but ended with the Packers, where he played most of his career. The slideshow did not include photos of Favre as an Atlanta Falcon where he played one season after being drafted by the Falcons in 1991. I like the fact that the slideshow ends with Favre waving goodbye. The photographer is telling the story of Brett Favre’s career through images. – Mike Anello

  12. biggman621 says:

    Brett Favre Retires:

    In my eyes, Brett Favre will always be one of the greatest quarterbacks in the NFL. The slide show is telling the story of Favre’s record breaking career from his first day in Training Camp as a Packer to his time in a Jets uniform. The pictures showed the most memorable moments in his career from breaking the career touchdowns to his genuine love for the game. The picture story worked because it showed the emotion that Brett Favre played with. He will undoubtedly be missed.

  13. zeilma45 says:

    My two favorite slide show presentations were the ones of the U.S. Airways flight and the Re-birth of Baghdad. I think what worked the best for these images and slide show in general is that the photographer was taking pictures of the event while it was happening, not just the site of where it happened or just the people involved. It helps the reader feel as if they are personally involved in the story because they can see the story unfold in these photographs. I notice, and I think it correlates with being in a post-nine eleven society, that people are working together, either in rebuilding in foreign countries or rescuing people. These photos capture a lot of courage and apprehension at the same time. (when people went back to the book market in Baghdad for instance) The photographer is just trying to exhibit these events as best as possible as they happen, and whoever took these photos did a wonderful job. These photos make the story work because they, like I said before, make people feel more involved in the news story, and the pictures go along with the news commentary that everyone was hearing at the time, especially in the case of the U.S. Air story.

  14. Allison says:

    I looked at “Chocolate’s Not-So-Sweet Side” on MSNBC.com. From the photographs in the slideshow and their captions, I learned a lot of information very quickly on the origin of cocoa beans for chocolate. The photographer is clearly trying to open viewers’ eyes to what actually occurs in the cocoa farms in Ivory Cost, West Africa, including poverty, child labor and slavery. The story works through pictures because the photography shows openly and vividly the difficult process of harvesting and collecting cocoa beans, as well as the poor conditions in which the laborers work and live.

  15. Sean says:

    The photographer approached the Virginia-Syrup makers story with a sentimental tendency toward the community and the people involved. I noticed that the photographs all portrayed a strong bond (with a sense of sadness involving the recent fire that burnt hundreds of gallons of syrup) between the people who worked with the syrup. It worked well because the photographs were all relevant in evoking this particular mood. It made me feel the significance, otherwise overlooked or even unnoticed, of syrup in this community.

  16. laurflem says:

    Response to Chocolate’s Not-So-Sweet Side:

    This slide show is actually what inspired the first post on my blog. It was originally posted on MSNBC right around Valentine’s Day, and I felt like it was something that I needed to put on my “ecologically friendly” cooking site.

    My initial reaction to viewing the slide show was one of shock and depression. The slide show effectively creates a means of not only informing viewers of the origins of chocolate, but the absolutely terrifying reality that comes with purchasing this commodity. By using images of children, especially children who look sickly, sad, and hurt the slide show effectively forces us, as viewers, to pause over these images and read what it’s all about. We almost inadvertently become sympathetic towards these pictured people.

    For me, the picture story was effective at allowing viewers to second guess where they buy their chocolate from, and that’s important especially in a world where child labor is not only still in tact, but also is what helps oil the Western consumer wheel that keeps on turning. This picture show truly provides a voice for the voiceless and shakes up our own impression of an item we rarely think twice about before stuffing it on our mouths.
    -Lauren

  17. iamjustindavis says:

    “Chocolate’s not-so-sweet side” aims to inform and the shock the viewer with images depicting the barbaric process of harvesting cocoa pods in Africa. It does this effectively by starting out broad (showing a picture of a group of children with machetes) and then slowly zooming in (showing a picture of a young boy’s scars). While observing the slide show, the viewer is led to assume that the creator chose to make the story public knowledge in order to beget reform in the atrocious conditions concerning a profitable, international industry. Text would give a voice to the situation, but it’s undeniably a visual story – one that needs people to see the machetes, scars, broken homes, young boys sweeping warehouse floors for next to nothing

    — Justin

  18. emgood1988 says:

    Most people buy a box of Russel Stover chocolates without thinking twice about where those chocolates came from. “Chocolate’s not so sweet side” that appears on MSNBC shows the true origins of our beloved chocolate. The picture story shows young African boys harvesting cocoa beans on the Ivory Coast of West Africa. The boys are only about eleven years old and are shown hacking at cocoa beans with machetes that would make me nervous to wield. I would never have expected the atrocities that occur to bring us our precious Valentines’ Day candies. Young boys are shown with scars and gashes on their legs from working in harsh conditions. The photographer is trying to show what the title implies; the harvest of the cocoa bean is anything but sweet. I think this picture story works because not many people know that behind every box of chocolate there is a child exhausted from trying to survive in West Africa. I hope this story makes people rethink how important it is to buy chocolates for a made up holiday and that more people stand up against the chocolate industry that sells chocolate baked with the sweat and blood from children that never got a chance at childhood.

  19. Greg J. says:

    The pictorial about the plane crash in the Hudson made me realize how intense the whole situation was, even though everyone got out safe. The wrecked engine and other aftermath pictures of the plane sinking under the water after they had already removed everyone showed that this was not any kind of soft landing.

    I also noticed the pictures of empty lifejackets floating in the river, which seemed out-of-place to me. If I saw those pictures out of context, I would assume they were indicating deaths or drownings, which didn’t occur here.

    I think the story that was being told here was about how quickly the rescuers came together to get everyone off the wings of the plane. The pictures of the sunken plane also highlighted the sense of urgency that was involved; this was not something they could be leisurely about or take their time with; they were working on a clock.

    What made it work for me was just seeing the wrecked plane and the ice in the river and realizing that with the circumstances changed even slightly, all those people we see standing on the wings would have been dead. It really was a miraculous event.

  20. Fallon says:

    The one that was the most compelling to me was the picture story of the “Carnival Around the World.” The pictures were all bright and vibrant and seemed to jump off the page at me. I noticed that the pictures all had a caption along side of them which made it easy for the reader to figure out where the picture was taken at and what the photographer was trying to represent. I believe that the photographer was trying to tell the story of beautiful carnivals that happen all around South America. The pictures also do a good job at making the reader really want to travel to where the picture was taken.

  21. James Sanders says:

    I chose the NY Times NY Fashion Week slideshow.

    I think that the story left much to the imagination. The photos were good, but the content was empty. NY Fashion Week is all about fashion, society, and celebrity. Here, we see the society, but the fashion element is weak at best as is the notable absence of celebrities.

    The photographer seems to be trying to give an impression to the audience, that Fashion Week is still in it’s highest level of glamour – when that is obviously not true.

    First, this will be the last time that fashion week will be held at the historic Bryant Park, but photos of the iconic tents were left out. Secondly, the senior vice president in charge of IMG Fashion (Which organizes Fashion Week) said that a simplistic recessionista approach would be the main theme for this year’s fashion week, but it seems that the photographer neglected to capture that theme.

    Furthermore, the photos look like they may have been taken at one of the Fashion Week parties – which may be the case, however, the story does not work because it neglects to capture the overall theme of this year’s fashionable festivities.

  22. rozzib says:

    I really enjoyed the Carnival Around the world slide show. I also looked at the Signs of Rebirth show, and felt that the pictures didn’t tell a live story and looked a bit staged.

    The pictures of the carnival exuded energy and vibrancy. The photographer really catches the diversity of the celebrations, while capturing the happiness and celebration all the pictures share.

  23. Ashlee says:

    I decided to explore the slideshow from the Hudson River plane crash.
    It’s amazing that those people survived and are around today to tell their stories and look back at these pictures, remembering the experience they had.
    The photographer is trying to tell the story of how a plane crash affects lives.
    It is very fortunate that so many survived.
    The photos of the submerged airplane were impressive and made the situation seem so much more realistic. Very effective use of photography.

  24. Jen Athey says:

    After viewing the Choc. Not so sweet, my reaction is one of disgust. I already knew about the process of chocolate but was astonished to see the type of living environment for the workers. I noticed that the pictures were based largely on the living conditions and not so much on the process of bean to export. This slideshow explains how workers, some children, live and work in such horrible places. What makes it work are the photos of children and the scars and sores that they receive from the dangerous work.

  25. theroyalstig says:

    I chose Virginia Syrup Makers Question Their Future. I really enjoyed the pictures in this slide-show. It was very interesting to see how small maple syrup operations really are.

    The story was about a sugar shack that had burned down and how much that will affect the people. However, few of the pictures actually told much of the story. The pictures did show an idea of how much it meant to them but it seemed more focused on just revealing how maple syrup is made.

    The pictures work as they are telling a story not many people know. It was nice seeing how maple syrup shacks(they really are shacks!) do their business.

  26. Craig Trainer says:

    I really enjoyed the “Carnival Around the World” because of how it captures the event as well as the crowd enjoying themselves. I was already a fan of the MSNBC Picture Stories site, and this was just another set that really excited me emotionally to become a photojournalist, because it is so interesting being able to bring other cultures to home so we can see and enjoy it as well. The story here is easy to figure out, they have this huge festival like we have Mardi Gras here at home, and both are extravagant festivals that all who attend have a great time, and with the pictures in the slide show, it is easy to see that all involved really enjoyed themselves.

  27. JohnRusso says:

    I like the one on Brett Favre even though I am not a huge fan of his. He was still a pioneer to the game and the tribute to him was fitting (let’s just hope this time he stays retired).

    It was an interesting start, showing him in a Jets jersey, the last impression everyone had of him. After a few shots of him with New York, they switched to him in Green Bay, showing pictures of him making great passes, showing his leadership and ability to love his team, him winning the Super Bowl XXXI, and the ending was perfect showing him waving to the crowd, as if to say goodbye to the fans.

  28. Candice Roberts says:

    New York Fashion Week
    My first reaction to this photo is that there is no faces in it, it is about fashion yet we really only see the shoes, and the same shoes. I noticed the hay the models are sitting on and the similar tights that the models are wearing, all the same shoes that the models are wearing. I don’t thing that the photo works that well as it really does not show what New York Fashion week is all about. All you see is their shoes. There is no story here unless the photographer is trying to stray away from New York Fashion and tell a story about a farm.

  29. joellemarie says:

    Out of the 3 slide shows I looked at I enjoyed the “Carnivals Around the World” the most. I thought all of them were good but these pictures took a huge subject, from all around the world, and made it very personal and easy to understand.
    I notice a huge array of different carnival celebrations taken in a very artistic way. Some of the pictures zero in on one specific person which makes it personal, but in turn tells the bigger story of just how many different types of people, and countries, that celebrate carnivals. I also noticed, and was quite disturbed by, the adorable little llamas about to be sacrificed. 😦
    The photographer was trying to tell a story of culture and celebration. Although each country and culture are different, they are still able to share similar ways.
    This slide show works simply because of the magnificent people, costumes and floats the pictures portray. It brings together different parts of the world on one common ground.

  30. tabsports says:

    “Chocolate’s not-so-sweet side” was not news to me. I heard about the Ivory Coast (which is actually now called Cote d’Ivoire) and the use of child labor for cocoa in a news feature years ago (I do not remember which news outlet it was from, nor do I remember the show). Still, I think the slideshow gives some great insight into the life child workers in Cote d’Ivoire.

    I noticed that several children working had to do so because they were getting money for their families. Human rights activists are critical of the child labor practice, but in many cases in Cote d’Ivoire, the labor is necessary for the family’s survival. Instead of being critical (without being constructive), these activists could be creating organizations to give money to the needy families. That way, the families won’t need children to work to survive.

    I think the photographer is trying to tell readers/viewers that a lot of hard, grueling work is put into making chocolate, a food that promotes innocence in a way. The pictures make the story work because they are illustrating the process done in Cote d’Ivoire, a country subject to some unwarranted criticisms.

  31. Veronica Martinez says:

    In Baghdad, signs of rebirth showed pictures of Baghdad not typically seen in American News. The media usually centralizes around the bad news from Iraq, but for once MSNBC was able to depict progress in ways such as women having rights, infrastructures that have been completed, leisure in the form of entertainment (people buying books), a developing market and Iraqis having control of their own government run institutions (prisons).

    My reaction to the piece was that of disbelief. In the past 7 years any news from Iraq was bad news, so receiving a positive news story was unexpected.

  32. nikireagan says:

    “In Baghdad, Signs of Rebirth” is an amazing slideshow that shows promise for the Iraqis. My boyfriend was in Iraq with the Army Reserves all of last year, and he would tell me stories of the people he worked with, what the country was like, etc. I think that’s one of the reasons why I love this show so much. I wasn’t surprised to see that men were mostly the figures in these photos because the men are the ones who still get to do all the “fun stuff” in the Middle Eastern countries; however, I was surprised by the female engineers. I didn’t think there were any! It’s empowering to know that at least a few strides are being made as the country progresses in its rebuilding.

    The photographer does an excellent job in showing how Iraq is improving, building, going forward with their (new) lives. These pictures work together even though they showcase individual pieces because each reveals a different corner of Iraq. The people all working together.

  33. Jen Athey says:

    The Carnival slideshow was full of vibrant color, close shots and panoramic hots which tell the whole story from different perspectives. The photos capture a celebration in full swing and how different places aspired to put their own twist on things.

  34. gary says:

    in Baghdad, signs of rebirth
    This slide show includes some very interesting pictures including photos of the national museum in Baghdad. The photos of the newly reopened museum remind me of a quote from the HBO series John Adams which makes reference to the right of a person to study the arts and culture after his/her preceding countrymen sacrificed to earn that right.
    The photographer seems to have caught some other opening ceremonies including the reopening of the Huda school for girls. The theme of this slideshow is exactly as the title entails. The signs of rebirth in Baghdad are evident not only in the photos of reopening ceremonies but also in photos of a market which is beginning to attract customers after a lull in business since 2007.
    From the expressions of people talking on a train to the crowds flowing past exhibits in the national museum, these photos definitely work to tell the story of rebirth in Baghdad.

  35. Ashlee says:

    I just checked out the NY Fashion week slideshow and I have to agree with Candice; the photos seem very amateur and as if they were taken without meaning behind them.
    There was not much of a story behind this particular slideshow.

  36. laurA. says:

    hudson river plane crash (reuters.com)

    it is only natural that my first reaction be shock followed by amazement. the first three photographs displayed cause me to feel that none survived when in fact all had.

    obviously the photographer is showing us the events that took place and telling the story using only visuals. there is no order to how he tells the store. it is scattered which causes the reader to go back and forth between the start and end of the story.

    it works because there are captions that tell just enough information to understand the events and a picture that tells so much more.

  37. kelliet29 says:

    “Chocolate’s Not- So- Sweet -Side”

    Whenever I buy chocolate I never think twice about where it came from other than the store I bought it at. Seeing the pictures of the children working on the cocoa plantations is heartbreaking. The pictures show the only children hard a work sweating and tired. It sad to see. This makes me realize such a little thing such as chocolate is taken for granted.

    Hudson River Plan Crash

    These pictures are not new to me. But when I first saw them I got the chills. Seeing the plane in the water and the passengers all outside on the wing was amazing. This crash could have been such a disaster and luckily only good things came from it.

    Carnival Around the World

    These pictures were so colorful and made me want to be there. Looks like they were are having a great time and the costumes and floats were great. I would love to go to something like that. Shows how different other areas of the world celebrate.

  38. Jen Athey says:

    The New York slideshow was ok. I would have liked more behind the scenes shots and more runway photos. The photos that were published were ok but not great, the photos didn’t show a great skill at capturing the moment.

    There wasn’t enough hustle and bustle for me. Not any real action.

  39. John Gurbisz says:

    The photo story, “Carnival Around the World,” depicts the celebration of Carnival throughout a number of countries including Brazil, Bolivia, Haiti, Spain and the Canary Islands. My immediate reaction was awe – the colors were bright, the magnitude of the crowds were large and the masks were, well, a little bit frightening. It’s clear that Carnival is one of, if not the biggest parties of the year for some of the countries and it was interesting to see how different cultures around the globe went about celebrating.

    A few of the photos stuck out for me, including the shot of a group of fire-breathers in Colombia. One person spitting fire is a great photograph as is, but add in another three and the result is a beautiful, well-composed shot that captures a large fireball in motion. Socially, it was interesting to see how some countries interrupt Carnival as a dark day (Granada), a day for extravagance (Brazil) and a day of sacrifice (Bolivia – one of the most powerful images).

    The photographers, obviously, are attempting to show that these celebrations take on different meanings as you travel around the world. They all seem to be parties with bright colors and dancing in the street, but some countries are much more grandiose than ever. At the Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro, there is a perfect mix of the importance of death and life in these celebrations.

    This works as a picture story because sometimes you don’t need words to describe what is happening. The captions are purposefully brief and vague, because the vibrant colors and people featured speak for themselves.

  40. Deena says:

    The picture slides of New York Fashion Week were shot in such a way that reflects the angles of everyone involved.
    The camera captures a row of hands clapping in the audience, with the observer’s heads cut off. Different color fingernails belong to each subject. This illustrates the audience’s stance, as well as their reaction- one of approval and acceptance.
    Another shot is taken backstage, as a model is being primped before her debut, and symbolizes the hectic, yet still glamorous, ambience found behind-the-scenes, where makeup artists, hair stylists and assistants spend the duration of the show.
    Perfectly capturing the moment just before the models enter the runway , one photo shows simply their stiletto’s. It was captured in a spit-second while they were lined up single-file, waiting for their turn to work the catwalk. The model’s point of view is captured in this scene.
    A close-up shot of a model’s hair style is a visible aspect of what the stylist sees during fashion week- close-ups of their subjects, waiting to be sculpted.
    The lesser-known audience’s point of view is apparent again, through a picture of a model exiting the runway and making her way backstage again. In the photo, the model is only partly visible, as a higher-class person in the row ahead is partially blocking the view.
    I loved how the shutterbug took the time to play-out fashion week through the eyes of everyone who is part of it. The story is different through everyone’s eyes, yet the same in essence. The themes are all the same in every difference- trendy, glamorous, fast-paced, enjoyable.
    The slideshow’s completeness is evident by the photographer’s ability to take the vastly different aspects of fashion week, and still bring them full-circle by linking each aspect back to the main idea: the participants’ passion for fashion.

  41. New York Fashion Week – slide 10 was so gorgeous. The models in their line before entering the runway area, in their skinny jeans and leggings and pumps, left me in a trance. The photographer truly captured a different perspective of backstage during a fashion show. Normally, we see the photos of the models getting their hair/makeup done and being dressed but this photo allowed us to see a little bit of the anxiety, nerves, poise, pride, and snobbiness of it all – if you notice how one model’s feet are turned almost inward and the model in the back of the line has one stiletto poised outside her body line in a confident manner…but wait, is her hand in a fist from nerves? This photo causes us to just sit back and think about the madness of Fashion Week and all that the models must endure – stress, nerves, and the never-ending task of always looking good.

    Slide 11 caught my attention, too. This photo captures the whole notion that fashion imagery is all about integrating psychology, art, and visual appeal. The supermodel is exiting after her short strut down the runway and is disappearing in the bright white light, and the important onlookers sitting in the first row have already forgotten about her. Their heads are turned, anxiously anticipating the next beauty who will turn at the other end of the catwalk and pass by them to make their exit. The fashion industry, like the shows, are all about the next big thing – the next face, the next model, the next best thing.

    – Patricia

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