“MacAidan Gallegos, 5, receives a flag from Brigadier General Sean MacFarland as Amanda Doyle, MacAidan’s mother, watches during the funeral services for Army Sgt. Justin Gallegos at Evergreen Cemetery in Tucson, Ariz. Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009. The Department of Defense says Gallegos was one of eight U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 during a fight with insurgents in a remote area near the Pakistan border. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Mamta Popat)” – Boston.com
In photo journalism, imagery is an effective way to tell a story. Unspoken clues in photographs can tell much of the story before you even read the first line of the story. The center of action in this photo shows a boy with his hand over a folded flag. Every detail about the boy screams detail that tells this story. The photograph on his black jacket. Such a solemn look for a five year old. Without much further inspection of this photo, we can already tell that this is a funeral for a soldier. So many details tell the story that this is a funeral; the folded hands, black attires, serious faces. The capturing of the child in this photo is an added emotion. It also reminds me of JFK Jr. and Caroline Kennedy watching their father’s funeral. Whenever I see kids photographed like this at a funeral, there is an added sadness to whatever the picture is trying to tell. The photographer captured quite a story here.
“Customers at a restaurant at Kandahar military base seek cover following a rocket alert on October 10, 2009. The military facility with more than 30,000 mostly military personnel is the southern base of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force for Afghanistan the coalition fighting the Taliban insurgency together with the Afghan security forces. (ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)” – Boston.com
This picture tells a story in a much less traditional way. The symbols that help tell the story in this photo are a lot less traditional and universal. The first thing noticed is all the people huddled on the floor. It looks like a grade school fire drill. Next, I notice the Fanta soda cans in two different languages, one of them looks Arabic. I can put one and one together and can infer that this is in the Middle East. It’s not hard to tell that because that is what’s in the news nowadays, so something that looks like a fire drill in an unexpected place with a can in Arabic writing is enough of a hint of what I am looking at. This photograph tells a story by displaying modern day clues in a situation we always, always read about: public violence of some sort in the Middle East.