THE POWER AND EMOTION OF PICTURES

Thursday, August 25th, 2016 by Matt

Ok, disclaimer time. This is not a normal Eyeful blog. There will be no mention of presentations or even a call to action from me.

This piece is about the raw emotion and power of imagery.

It was World Photography Day recently which I hadn’t realised was coming up. And as soon as I did, I thought how appropriate it was that this day should fall when there is one image that’s been making waves around the world, featuring on every news channel, newspaper and social media feed possible…

The image in question is of course that of Omran Daqneesh the dazed and bloodied Syrian boy whose home was hit by a bomb during the conflict.

This moment of him sitting in an ambulance has become a global symbol of the un-humanitarian conflict happening in Aleppo and other areas of Syria and is an emphatic example of the power images can have.

CREDIT: TWITTER

CREDIT: TWITTER

Without going into the gory details of a terrible situation that’s happening right now, The Telegraph states…

“The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates that 142 children have been killed in Aleppo in August alone. Around 50,000 children are believed to have died across the country during the last five years of fighting although exact figures are impossible to calculate.”

But it’s the image of Omran, one small innocent boy that is resonating with the world and driving home the both the true story of what’s happening, as well as political messages in edited versions such as this one…

CREDIT: TWITTER

CREDIT: TWITTER

It doesn’t matter how many newspapers you read, how many TV News shows you watch, or how many social media feeds you scan – this one image of an innocent little boy says it all.

I’m no expert on what exactly is going on in Syria, but just by seeing this image I have a raw emotional connection with it.

I’m a father myself, my little boy Jack is not much younger than Omran, Jack is always wearing shorts and T-Shirt and often doesn’t smile for photo’s – so remove the blood and dust from Omran and that could well be a picture of my little man.

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And that’s what hits home to me and so many others. To just imagine for one moment a little boy just like my son, looking like this, hurt, injured, traumatised and still in danger, is beyond awful and gives me a great feeling of empathy with the fear and horror of this little boy’s own parents.

This emotion drives me to a level of anger and a political opinion of why are world leaders and our own government not stopping this awful situation from happening?

This is the power of the picture.

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