Post done by: Alexandra, Celestine, Julia, Nikita and Yu Bin
An insider is in a better position to photograph a place because he/she has a deeper purpose and drive when composing the photograph and he/she would also have a more personal understanding of the given situation. Firstly, an insider would be able to frame the photos with a more significant purpose in mind. Given that an insider photographer has a more in depth understanding of the current happenings, the chosen subjects would be highly reflective of the situation the community is in. Secondly, an insider is in a better position to capture the raw emotions linked to the current situation, as he himself would have first hand experience.
Deeper purpose- why would a person bother to take a picture of his own hometown? Unlike an outsider who would take pictures simply for capturing special moments in a foreign land, an insider would have a more deep-seated motive for taking the photo. His reason could be to portray suffering that his fellow countrymen are experiencing, or to show the injustice in his country. Whatever the reason, the motive will have a great impact on the photographer’s choice of composition, which in turn affects the impact that the photo has on viewers. But, what about the pictures taken by an outsider? Outsiders would have much ‘shallower’ motives for taking the photo – they could include for memory’s sake if he was on a vacation, capturing beautiful architecture and so on. They do not tell as powerful a story as insider pictures. Their purpose for capturing the photos would not be as in-depth as that of an insider.
Insider knowledge- an insider can take on both the perspectives of an outsider and an insider. One example would be North Korea. An outsider such as ourselves would only be able to capture photos of what we are able to see, for example, portraying them as a country poising to fire its missiles. However as a native North Korean, one would be able to capture the true essence of the country, having been granted access to many private areas that foreigners may not be permitted to enter or see. An insider would also be able to select the subject matter that is most relevant to the topic or situation of the area. Outsiders, however, are not able to experience of even see the country’s social problems and crises, such as hunger and confinement. Photos taken by outsiders would be unable to portray the true circumstances of the country as many of these circumstances could have been censored by the insiders of the country.
In conclusion, given that an insider has a more significant purpose and more motivation when composing the photograph as well as a more personal understanding of the given situation due to the first-hand experiences, he/she is in a better position to photograph the situation.
These pictures are powerful as they tell a compelling story about North Korea’s current situation.
This picture shows a typical photo taken by an outsider, who is only given access to North Korea’s propaganda, and not the country’s inside situation.This picture does not tell a lot about the people’s problems or the country’s policies.
Things to note (16/4 lesson)
– Paragraph 1: Thesis statement –> stand, reasons, summary
– Paragraph 2: Topic sentence (Reason 1) –> stand and reasons
– Paragraph 3: Topic sentence (Reason 2) –> stand and reasons
– Conclusion: Restate thesis statement (Note the persona we are taking on when writing this piece of persuasive writing)
– Image (Visual) – with caption
– 3rd person
– Simple sentences/words (Less jargon)
– Always ask “why”
– Cite (Hyperlink)