Assignment #1: Photography

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This picture was taken at a peaceful protest held by the Cambodia National Rescue Party in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I thought the lotus flowers add so much to the picture because they’re at the forefront of the photo, and they draw attention, and yet they’re out of focus. Everyone in this picture looks not only peaceful but actually happy, something that you don’t usually see in the faces of most protestors.


This is a picture of the Zaatari Refugee camp in Jordan about 8 miles from the Syrian/Jordanian border. The camp holds roughly 115,000 Syrian refugees who have fled the civil war still being waged in their home country. What initially struck me about this picture was the sheer vastness of the refugee camp which really looks like an entire city rather than a camp. The monotone color also in this picture illustrates that the Jordanian desert is a very dry, dusty place. You can not see a single bright color in the picture. It is not until you see a picture like this that you can fully grasp how dire the situation really is for displaced-persons in Syria.


This is a photo of an attack by a Muslim separatist group in Zamboanga City in the Philippines. Angered by a failed peace deal with the Philippine government, hundreds of Muslim rebel fighters attempted to capture city hall and took nearly 200 civilians hostage to use as human shields. In the picture are Philippine government troops.

I think this picture has an immediate impact on the viewer with the smoke billowing in the background. The smoke shows that there is intense destruction nearby and the clarity of the cloud of smoke in the picture is beautiful in a way. I like the juxtaposition of the tank with the local store, it really drives home that this is warfare taking place amongst civilians. The men crouching in military fatigues with their guns raised also illustrates the action taking place in this photo, and shows that even though this is in the middle of a four-day standoff with the militants, they must be ready at all times to defend themselves.