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Coney Island

This picture was taken by Garry Winogrand in 1960. This image reminded me of when Sturken & Cartwright talk about motion on pictures. The idea of learning something by freezing moments in the flow of a body’s continuous process left me thinking what could be learned from this image. Could we assume the swimmer is on a swimming competence by looking at her trying to reach the poolside? And why is there a pig right next to her?

Winogrand was stereotyped as a “street photographer”, so this image could also be just an ordinary girl enjoying a day at the pool with her pet. It’s interesting to think about all the different interpretations this photograph could have.

Ivonna

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Liz
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I don’t know how I feel about the pig in the pool, but images of people underwater are gorgeous because you can really see how elegantly the body moves suspended in water. By isolating this motion, we can see just how the body needs to move to stay afloat.

Kelly
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While visiting Eastman House, this was one of my favorite images. I love underwater photos, it’s as if the photographer is in a whole different world.

Daniel
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This image is very interesting because of the motion of the photograph. It is up to viewer to interpret the woman swimming with the pig. Maybe the pig enjoys swimming with this beautiful lady or maybe it is indifferent of the situation.

Annette
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The underwater photographs have this presence about them, It seems harder to take a picture underwater and have it come out the way how the photographer wants it. Also, you can see the style of the clothing in this picture is so different than what girls wear to the pool or the beach in this day. That is one of the cool things about vintage photographs.

Elizabeth
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I really like this image, stopping motion in the water provides us with a very beautiful image to look at. I love your point on all the different interpretations this photograph could have. To me, it looks like they just jumped in and were swimming around when the photograph was taken. Whatever the story is- the image is great!

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