Photo Essay Story Analysis

Choose a photo essay story that moves you. It can be your own, or a "found" essay, but it must be an essay that tells a story. lt must have meaning beyond your personal life. You must provide attribution for the essay you choose. For this assignment, you can use copyrighted material, and it can be with or without sound or narration.

Be sure to separate your personal reaction from the first 9 elements of analysis, which are objective characteristics. Be specific, and do not write in generalities.

In a WORD document or PDF, provide a link/url to the essay, and then analyze it using the elements at the right. Be sure to separate your personal reaction from the first 10 elements of analysis. This must be no longer than 1 page. Submit to the Angel drop box for this assignment.

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Photo Essay Story Elements

  1. Context--explain the context, setting, situation as completely as necessary
  2. Character(s)--who are the characters. Describe them--what makes them interesting, compelling
  3. Conflict--is there conflict ? Describe it
  4. Plot--is there a sequence of events
  5. Theme--what is the Essay about ? Be specific, and as complete as necessary.
  6. Image Characteristics -- describe and explain.
    1. composition
    2. color
    3. use of light
    4. tonality
  7. Progression/order--what does the chosen order of the images communicate? Why was it chosen?
  8. Juxtaposition--How does juxtaposition affect the meaning and power of the images.
  9. Narration--is there narration ? Is it effective ? Necessary ?
  10. Music--Is there music? Why was it chosen, and what does it add to the essay. Does it provide more than mood and tone ? Is it effective ? Necessary ?
  11. In this section, be specific. "The juxtaposition is really good" would not be adequate. Be specific. In what way is the juxtaposition designed/effective ?
  12. Similarly, "This essay is about events that took place in 1967" is not enough context.


Your Personal Reaction

Your own personal reaction

  1. Explain why the essay moves you.
  2. Which of the first 9 elements means the most to you