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Whenever I heard “beautiful inside and out”, I thought it was a typical cliché—until I met Shanell. Shanell is the living embodiment of beauty and the virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31. In a world filled with negativity and unhappiness, Shanell brings smiles and joy to everyone she meets. She is kind and makes sure that everyone is fine and doing well. She can make even the most difficult situation (like our take-home AFR final) seem relaxing and miniscule. She is always offering to pray with someone in need, and ministers through dance here at school. She strives to be like Christ in all that she does, and I would say she is doing a pretty great job. I can say that I can turn to her for anything, that she will have my back, be a shoulder to cry on, someone to pray with, and someone to keep me on the right path. She’s my best friend, Shanell Bradley :D
All the hardest, coldest people you meet were once as soft as water. And that’s the tragedy of living.
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While I do not agree completely with Sontag’s analysis, I believe that my experience is similar to what she has described. Initially, I struggled to find a subject to take a photo of. I was worried that my photo wouldn’t be “artsy” or “interesting” enough, and that I would come across as creepy. I agree with Sontag’s statement that amateur photographs are expected to be idealized images. I had started the assignment searching for the “ideal photo” something that would be seen as “cool” or important. Thinking this way led me to frustration. It was when I stopped searching for the perfect photo, that I met this gentleman outside of Gregory Gym. I thought his beard was interesting. Even though this is Austin, it is not everyday that you see a beard like this. I also admired his style, which was very vacation-chic. I asked him to pose for a photo, and he obliged.
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Have you ever considered the story behind a photo? What ever happened to the person after the photo was taken? Author Maurice Berger uses kairos to take the reader on a journey into finding the woman in Gordon Parks’ iconic Jim Crow photos, in his essay titled The Restraints: Open and Hidden. At the time of the photo, Parks was working on a photo essay that depicted everyday life in the rural south for an African American family.
Berger first starts with dispelling myths about civil rights photography, one being that “we usually associate civil rights photography with dramatic scenes of historic events”. And he is right. When you picture civil rights, it is usually with the image of a galvanizing event. People can only picture the obvious signs of racism and discrimination. But as he asserts, this image helps to see the more subtle forms of the fights against oppression.
In one of the photos, Joanne Wilson had just stepped outside of the movie theater with her niece. Nothing seems extraordinary about that until you see the sign hanging over her head. It says “Colored Entrance”. It is then that you are brought to a different reality: living as an African American in the Jim Crow south. Ms. Wilson describes having to explain this reality to Parks, “the things we could do and the things we could not do”. Berger seems fascinated by the risk that both Parks and the family would take to make sure that their reality was presented. Indeed, it is fascinating, the level of retaliation that just a photo of the truth would bring. The family, Wilson says, saw the opportunity to advance the cause of civil rights, despite the backlash that some of them received over it.
There is a lesson that Berger wants the reader to understand: that a small idea, any small gesture, can make a world of a difference. This is shown by the fact that just a simple photo is challenging the status quo. For the most part, African Americans and their stories were not presented in the media. On top of that, this family fearlessly challenged oppression by just living. There wasn’t a march, there wasn’t a sit in, but a normal family doing normal things, but with the weight of racism on their shoulders. Berger’s point is that Gordon challenged the common sense of people with his photos,and humanized an African American family.
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