October 9th Sketch Assignment

The most interesting source I found regarding my topic was shown to me by a classmate. It is a BuzzFeed article (approved by Prof. Troutman) that shows photos of WWII veterans posed in very personal situations in hopes of showing what it feels like to live with the mental illnesses they acquired due to combat. These people chose their own props, poses, etc. to aid in making these photos not only easily understood, but more easily empathized with than ever before. This article was particularly interesting to me because it makes these people’s situations more realistic, and really forces the viewers to SEE what is happening to them and why. It will help my research project because I want to compare how the media portrayed the issues that come along with going to war, particularly how “hidden” they kept these stories and the information (if any) in general that they had during WWII to now. This will hopefully make clear any significant differences between then and now, and therefore make my point more valid.

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5 thoughts on “October 9th Sketch Assignment”

  1. This article seems really interesting, but even more importantly, it seems more genuine than most. The fact that the photographers allowed the subjects to choose their own props and poses allowed for a more authentic image for you to analyze and interpret. You may be able to then use these pictures in contrast with those put out by the media which were perhaps influenced and altered to represent a certain message.

  2. I agree with Jesse, the pictures seem like a unique opportunity to achieve a deeper insight into the minds of the veterans. Any personal information you can find about the veterans themselves (where they served and when) would also be a great addition to this. Media portrayal was a big part of WWII, but what if it was wrong? I am very interested to see what you come up with.

  3. I think the source your using is an excellent source that compliments your research topic. I think the personal connections with poses of the veterans shows how the media portrayed the war. I would also suggest looking at news coverage of WWII in the beginning and seeing how if any change at all occurred throughout the war span and see how the media covered the hidden aspects of war.

  4. I agree with both comments above. Figuring out and understanding both sides of the camera can really show the different perspectives of war: first-person, by the soldiers in front lines, and third-person, by the people who watched the war through newspapers. This may show the difference between the truth, and what the government wants the general public to know. This may be something interesting to see.

  5. I am currently thinking about what the original photographer had in mind when he/she took these photos and who that photographer was. Was he/she a veteran as well, or did he/she have a personal relationship with someone who perhaps was a veteran or had PTSD? It’s interesting to me that even now, things like PSTD and other mental issues regarding veterans are still not discussed in the public eye. I’m not sure if that’s the fault of our government or the fault of the public in general. Nevertheless, this is a really interesting topic!

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