CS2006: Picture Curation

We see a surgery table, and it looks as if someone is undergoing a ‘transformation’. The identically fair-skinned women are closer to each other in the picture, and are both facing in the same direction towards the left of the picture, indicating Gestalt’s rules of proximity and common fate. This subconsciously groups them together belonging to the same “clique/society”, and also the representative majority of accepted beauty.

On the other hand, the dark-skinned woman is breaking the fourth dimension and looking to the camera, appearing alone on the left. The direction she is facing is in common-fate with the x-ray image of the skull behind her. This indicates that there is a connection between the skull and her, that she is the one undergoing the transformation.

As such, it invokes the notion of this woman changing her looks in order to fit into the norm standards of society. The look of hesitation on her countenance makes one feel that she is doubting her decision. I believe this picture is portrayed within an Americanised/Westernised culture that is heavily centred on the idealistic goals of standardised-looks and fitting in.

On an ethical basis, the picture portrays a woman of African-American ethnicity wanting to be like a fair American woman. As such it highlights the critical importance self-acceptance and it reinforces the issue that not everything is greener on the other side at the cost of losing your individuality.

Most people know about the existence of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) that started in 1865, a controversial organisation that openly discriminates and demonstrates acts of violence against against the African-American population.

Gestalt’s rules of proximity and common fate is demonstrated here. As seen on the left, two African-American men are seen walking on the side, dressed in similar attire with the similar haircut. While on the left side, a group of people dressed in white is seen wearing the iconic white cone hat, a symbol of the KKK. Tension is caused between the one African-American man and the young girl who are looking directly at each other, setting the viewers on the edge of their seats not knowing what will happen next.

In the front, a man dressed similarly as the KKK but with robes of a different colour is seen walking in front. The closer proximity to the camera indicates that he is of a higher authority and position, hence leading the way.

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