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“The images make the past present. They refute the notion that photographs of charged historical subjects lose their power, softening, and becoming increasingly aesthetic with time.”


When people see images of people getting hurt, they immediately want to know what happened. Images make us curious and want to know what is happening or happened. I posted this image a while ago on my twitter account and within minutes, a bunch of my friends asked me right away what happened, and i was not expecting people to be so concerned about an injured pinkie. Any sort of violence or injures in pictures gets people’s attention in no time.┬áThere are quite a few pictures that are known for its controversial meaning behind them. For example, the picture of the burning monk in Vietnam is pure horrific, but it still stands as one of the most powerful image, and people to this day remember it like people know Mona Lisa, and the reason why those pictures are so well-known because they are filled with violence, and they’re captivating but also hard to look at. They start movements, and fuel our fire to stand up for what we believe in.




I agree with you here. I find that images that leave the viewer wondering are often images that are remembered the most. Sometimes that involves images of people getting hurt, because they are questioning what it is that is going on in the image, they want to know more. Your image posted is a great example of this, because people who see it will most likely ask themselves that same question – what happened, whats going on, etc.


This is very true. Even though your picture just shows an injured pinky, it still attracts the eyes of your friends. However, by just looking at the image, it cannot be confirmed that it is a simple wound. You could have fractured or broken one of your bones. Since your friends probably care deeply about you, that is the primary reason they commented on the photo, not because of the violence.


Annette, you bring up a good point. Most of the time, we’re unsatisfied with unanswered questions; as human beings we tend to try to decrease uncertainty as much as possible. When seeing a photo like this, we wonder what happened, what caused it, etc., trying to fill in those blanks and find out what really happened. I think that this effect is what attracts us to find out more about the visuals that astonish or startle us as well.

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