Power of Photography

Heather Zieman Photography 1 9:00 M/W [email protected] rctc. edu How a Photo Can Change the World? Our freedom did not come to us easily or fast. A lot of people fought for what we have today and that is our freedom. To me the flag means unity and that we all deserve respect no matter what race, religion, or gender, we should all have the right to come together as one. Of course this is not a perfect world and we cannot always get what we want but we always can believe in the possibilities.

The photo above is part of a series which is called Selma to Montgomery March by James H. Karales and I believe it is a very good photo to express the freedom. I think that this photo must have had a hard impact on everyone because certain people weren’t getting the rights that they deserved. The photo for me expresses so much just how the flag, because of the wind, wraps around the boy and he wants to be protected by the government but they instead are turning their backs against him.

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I also see the sadness on the boys face, how he just wants answers to everything but nobody is giving it to him. He wants to belong somewhere and also be wanted there. The photographer also has a different photo that I think is composed very well the same as this one. This photo also belongs in the same series and I cannot even begin to feel what they felt when they knew they had a long journey ahead of them. As I look at this picture, it looks like it just goes on forever never stopping, just more people climb on board so all their voices are heard.

They just want what they should have and that’s all they ever wanted. I think both of these pictures are very powerful because they both say a statement about freedom. They also both have a flag in them representing the courage that they face and the dedication that they went through. All of this reflects back to the Civil Rights Movement and how everyone fought for what they believed was right. The first march that they did ended up in violence from the local and state police.

They were beaten, trampled, and there was so much blood they called it “Bloody Sunday. ” The second time they tried to march they were successful reaching Montgomery in five days. They were prepared this time because they were protected by the U. S. Army and Alabama National Guard. When they left Selma they had 3,200 people but by the time they reached Montgomery they had nearly 25,000 people. All these people made their voices be heard and they were marching because they wanted voting rights as everyone else.

Well thanks to all of the people that marched on that day, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Act of 1965. In the end, still to this day we know people don’t get treated equally. As I believe that everyone was created for a purpose and also they were made the way they were because God knew that they would be able to handle it or he wouldn’t have given them that task. People are still fighting for equal rights but thanks to the people who marched on that day, it is one step closer.

Bibliography

“Voting Rights of 1965. Selma March. 17. United States: Grolier Incorporated, 1994. Print. “Picturing Freedom: Selma-to-Montgomery March, 1965. ” National Endowment for the Humanities. N. p. , 03 Sep. 2009. Web. 20 Nov 2010. http://edsitement. neh. gov/printable_lesson_plan. asp? id=809.

“Selma-to-Montgomery March for Voting Rights in 1965, 1965. ” Picturing America Artwork. N. p. , 30 Jan. 2010. Web. 28 Nov 2010. http://picturingamerica. neh. gov/downloads/pdfs/Resource_Guide_Chapters/PictAmer_Resource_Book_Chapter_19B. pdf.

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