One Picture Many Stories

One photograph can tell so many different stories to an outsider looking in. Pictures allow us to visually understand the underlying message without verbally having to say anything at times. The photograph gives us the freedom to guess or try to interpret, how or why the photographer decided to capture the photo in the way he/she did. I believe pictures are so powerful because they tell a story and allow you to interpret the story anyway you choose too.
However, today I learned that photos hold three types of interpretations: fact, truth, and frame. It was mind boggling because I’ve always thought pictures can be interpreted how we choose, which they can but it is so much more to the photos than we understand.

So, the first interpretation is fact, which is the picture itself that has been taken. To further explain, the fact is the picture rather it be a person, thing, or place. It is what the photographer has taken a snap shot of, that is the fact about the picture. The second interpretation of a photograph is the the truth. The truth might be the expression the person, place, or thing is making or trying to convey in the photo. The truth is the reason of why the photographer decided to take the picture or what was the thoughts or emotions of whoever or whatever was being taken a picture of. It is that probing question of what are they/it feeling? Maybe, the picture held a sentimental value to the photographer and as an outsider looking in you wouldn’t quite understand.

Now the third interpretation is the frame of the picture. See the frame I believe is the most important part of a photo, because it controls what others are allowed to see within the picture. For example, say a photographer took a picture of a man and behind that man was a dead body full of bones. The person viewing the picture will interpret it as he could be a murderer, or he found a dead body etc… But what if the photographer framed the picture to where you couldn’t see the dead body or the bones? Then you or whoever looks at the picture will perceive it differently, than if the whole picture was shown. I believe the frame has the power to determine how you perceive a picture, especially if it cuts out or doesn’t show everything that was photographed. So the next time you view a photo check to see if all three interpretations are there and if this changes how you perceive art or photographs.

Would Man Make It Alone?

I believe that man can create his own reality, however; at the end of the day man’s created reality is still influenced by the culture around him/her. It could be possible for man to do this alone creating a society or reality, but it would not work as well, without other individuals involved. It is scientifically proven that when more people work together, more things get accomplished versus it just being one person trying to work everything by his/herself.

So, again man could try to create his/her own reality but it would not be as effective, as doing so with a collective society. Also, man would end up being influenced by the society around his/her reality because, for one he/she wouldn’t be able to come up with all these ideas for a reality. Not only that, but they wouldn’t be able to complete half of the ideas they came up with by themselves.

For example, back in cave man  days a lot of them died because they didn’t work together to build a society that would protect not one, but all of them. Until, they realized there was strength in numbers, is when they were able to be effective and flourish as a people. Just like today history and science technology has showed us that we need each other to stimulate society and be effective.  Just imagine how many things would not have been created if it wasn’t for a society of people coming together and generating various ideas.

Another way society would end up influencing man’s reality or society, is that its one against numerous amounts of people. As we have seen in history on numerous occasions, the bigger countries come in and take dominion over the smaller countries, and impose their cultural influences on the society they have taken control over. Which is most likely to happen to man trying to create his/her own reality. Another feasible way society can influence mans reality is by the convenience of product and how smoothly the economy runs. For example, many countries take ideas from other countries that they like and see works, which can be beneficial. Which would possibly happen to man, because he/she is trying to establish in their reality/society ways to make it prosperous, will pull from other influential societies around it.

In my opinion, its best for man to just join a society or reality instead of trying to build one. Because there are so many obstacles and influences that society will place on man and cause man to conform how they want him/her too. So its best to just be apart of a group that is already established rather have them  impose or have their influence of culture on the man’s society/reality he/she is trying to build. Not only that but it is proven and has been shown throughout out history it is better for man to come together with others than try to work alone.

The City & The City

What I found most interesting within the book was towards the middle when the story really started making sense I became intrigued in the mystery of who killed this girl, why they killed her, and what the hell was orciny. I loved how Inspector Borlu would start to get an understanding or lead on the case to help further the investigation, and how he would always go back and rethink through the whole case. He was always thinking critically or placing himself in Mahahlia’s shoes trying to understand her thought process and what got her killed. I especially loved how he did this when he was trying to figure out how she was able to steal the artifacts without getting caught by security. Not only that but how he used his critical thinking and analyzing skills to figure out that it was Bowden who killed her and the reason why he did it because Mahalia had stopped believing in orciny.

Furthermore, as I discussed the book with my friend I helped her to understand the difference between Ul Qoma and Beszel. I told her to think of it as a gang affiliation. So I used the crypts and blood gang. I told her that they both share one city like Ul Qoma and Beszel but they divide the cities into territories just as it is in the book. Furthermore, the crypts and blood wear different colors to distinguish which gang they are in just how Ul Qomans and Besz wear different color clothes to distinguish which city they are apart of. In addition, too that they also have different beliefs and don’t care for each other which is similar in the book with the two different cities. It sounds better as an oral explanation, but I just thought it was really cool to be able to connect a real world situation to a fictional book.

As I continued reading, this book made me realize that having an abundance of money, allowed you to hold powerful positions within society. For example, in the text when Borlu found out that Bowden and the company were using the artifacts Mahalia was stealing for them at first, as a scientific experiment just because they had the money to do so, which helped me come to the conclusion that with money you could possibly get away with anything. Not only that with money but how  Buric was a member on the commerce committee, he was high in power he was able to manipulate and use the system for his own personal gain rather than the cities. Which brings me to the conclusion of how this book is a lot like American politicians and might I even say our President. How they use money and their high status for their own personal gain, rather than for the interest of bettering the cities or the United States.