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Comparing The Two Masterpieces: Migrant Mother By (Dorothea Lange) And Madonnas And Angelic Children By (Cameron)

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Comparison of the two images by two different photographers:Migrant Mother by (Dorothea Lange) AND Madonnas and Angelic Children by (Cameron)[IMG]http://i34.tinypic.com/23wr3bq.jpg[/IMG]Photographs play a crucial role in our society. The photograph is a highly efficient means of cultural communication; it has the advantages of credibility, easy mass distribution, and instant convertibility into a symbol. With their enormous capacity to contain, compress, and symbolize events or ideologies, photographs become the signs and signposts of modern society. In these two photographs by “Julia Margaret Cameron” and “Dorothea Lange”, the renowned photographers have tried to show ...view middle of the document...

In migrant mother image, the woman’s face is sharp focus; every line and blemish is clearly delineated, but the image begins to lose focus with her fingertips. It reveals that her fingertips don’t reveal so much detail as much as her face. In Madonnas and angelic children photograph, the woman’s face is not much sharp focused as the above image. Here every line and detail on woman face is not much delineated.Infact; the woman in this image is given different type of personality (spiritual or hard worker). Lange has used large aperture and fast shutter speed in this image. This can be revealed by looking at the background behind the woman which is soft and blurred. Moreover, the wooden support in the foreground is completely blurred. Whereas Cameron has used slow shutter speed and large aperture than Lange. The hair of the two children in Cameron image are little blurry due to slow shutter speed. Migrant mother doesn’t look at the children, nor does she gently touch them, but the intimacy of the image reveals the nature of the relationship.Madonnas and angelic children photograph reveals that the mother is in some pensive mood and thinking that whatever God give us we should accept it without any hesitation. As far as her relation with her children is concerned, she is very close to them as we can see how firmly she is holding her children. First image shows us that woman and her children are under the temporary shelter which is unable to withstand harsh, inclement weather, but the woman, huddled beneath it with her children, senses its permanence. Second image reveals us that woman and her children have no shelter at all, but by looking at her one can judge that she is a lady with faith and hope. She seems to be asking questions to God about the circumstances that she is going through at present.The woman and children fill the photographic frame in the first image. The...

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