Christian Long

Jonathon Klein: Photos That Changed the World

In TED Talks on May 24, 2010 at 8:39 am

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Jonathon Klein:  Photos That Changed the World

A simple picture can spark many emotions such as happiness, sadness, or even jealousy. What makes us react to these pictures the way the photographer wants us to react is how he or she captures the movement. The photographer tries to get a message out to those who are around by activating our emotion in a way that make sure we never to forget. Even an amateur photographer can manipulate his or her audience to experience feelings for something that he or she has never even thought of toward a specific subject. With this ability people around the world are exposing national crises, achievements, and other valuable actions through the simple use of a camera.

But sometimes when we interoperate pictures we see different things. Sure if we all saw a horrific picture of a starving child in Africa we would all feel grief and pain but what about those more abstract pictures? Such pictures include many of Picassos works. When at first glance all we see are defunct shapes but to him, this is how he exposed his feelings to the whole world. Now every time we see an abstract picture we can all conclude with different solutions to what this pictures stands for. Why is this? I believe it is because we have all been through different situations that lead our minds to develop different solutions. No two people in the world have been through the exact same experiences therefore people will always have different opinions on abstract pictures that are not clear to the audience at first glance.

All pictures allow us to relate with the photographer. Although we might not have been starving like the poor child in China, or crying from losing an arm like the man in the picture, we all have had our own levels of suffering. We might not be always be able to relate with the people inside the picture but we always feel some level of grief as the person in the picture is going through. So what power does this have over the audience? Well it has many. A simple picture can make people donate hundreds to thousands of dollars. It can leave people with tears dripping down their cheeks from sadness. Or it can leave people crying from laughter. These are all popular reactions toward a single picture. Why is this? I believe it is simply because a single picture is worth a million words

So next time you look at a picture try to see how it makes you feel. Does it change your mood? Does it make you want to do something? Let the picture share it’s emotions with you.


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