Hear Me see me: Valerie Davis 

If people don’t matter, then what does? People are suffering from loss and loneliness, often walking around with smiles on their face to hide the pain and loneliness. We have learned to walk around blind, deaf and mute. Our cries are muffled in all the noise.  Stop the noise! Stop and hear me! See me!

The image depicts a man walking alone, head and arms hanging as if the weight of the world is on him. The artist uses the formal elements of tone and color. The image is black and white with no brightness and the tone highlights the man while placing all others in the background or shadow. These elements bring out a feeling of gloom and sadness. The principles of design are balance and emphasis. The main character is emphasized as the main point through balance and emphasis, centering the image on him and bringing focal point of a picture to the center in balance. Together, the elements emphasize the sadness and despair of this man with many people passing unaware of his agony.
The image is of an elderly couple, each pushing shopping carts. Again the artist uses the formal elements of tone and color in a black and white photograph with brightness on the elderly woman and the man in the shadows. They are not communicating, but the feeling is they are a couple. Years of burdens have caused them to walk separately, the man in the background of her life, no longer her priority. The artist’s principles of design include contrast to again bring focus on the woman and movement to give the feeling of forward movement with the shopping carts. Communication has ceased as the burdens weigh too heavy. Although together, they are alone.
The image shows the arm and hand but not the actual individual. The person (unseen) is writing a message on a stone. The artist uses texture and lines to bring emphasis to the strength and muscle flexion along with a rough stone. This combination gives the sensation of anger, seeking an outlet. The main principles of design are the rule of thirds and symmetry or balance. The image portrays an individuals need to say something. The tense arm grasping the writing utensil writes with earnest and anger, demanding to be heard.
This is an image of a young woman wearing a Muslim head and face covering. The cloth is dropped slightly, exposing her nose. Her eyes are bright and mysterious. The artist uses the elements of color with varying hues and space along with a design of emphasis and scale. The highly saturated primary color red in the background enforces emphasis and focus on the girls face, which is a lower saturated color. Shadowing on the lower face brings attention to the eyes. The face and hand are proportional yet the tags on the left are small and not proportional, to bring them out of focus and keep attention on the woman. The veil partially lowered is emphasizing the need to rebel, push through the oppression, find her voice and be heard. Her sparkling eyes bring emphasis to the desire to speak out. She has something to say.
This image has a woman, dressed in black with a pale white face holding a mask down in front of her as if having just removed it. The artist uses both shape and color as the elements combined with a design utilizing emphasis and contrast to bring the focus on the woman’s face and the face of the mask. The background is smudged and cloudy and the woman is dressed in black with black hair. The woman’s face and the mask are a bright white. The dark background contrasts and brings total focus on the woman’s face and the mask. This emphasis brings about the feeling the mask has just been removed by the woman because she is tired of hiding and wants to be seen and heard.
The image is a photograph of three young men standing apart, almost randomly. They are all wearing blindfolds and headphones. They appear oblivious to their surroundings. The artist uses the elements of color and space with a light and brighter background and the men in darker colors to bring focus on them. The plain background adds the blandness of the young men’s faces. This use of color and space adds to the effects of the design with emphasis and variety. The young men are at different angles, making the viewer move around the photo. The emphasis brings attention to the three focal points, the individual young men. The image gives the sensation of quiet disregard. They have become so out of tune with their surroundings. They are the image of how the world has become. This art was included to emphasize that point.
This photograph is of a dark and dingy alleyway, with clothes hanging from lines. The ally appears barren until you notice a child sitting alone at the bottom of steps off to the side. The artist uses color and texture. The photo is dull, gray, almost muted. The texture is grainy, adding to the feeling of dirt and poverty. The design has balance and harmony, symmetrical with no emphasis. This makes you almost miss the child in the picture. This use of the elements and design add to the allure of the image. It portrays the meaningless placed on this child. The ally is empty and void of life. The child is forgotten. No one hears or cares to see her sitting alone and afraid.
This is a photograph of an old ally, narrow and dirty. When looking closely, you can note someone leaning out of a doorway. Again, the artist uses color and texture with a grainy texture depicting old and dirty along with the dull hues, avoiding any emphasis. The design remains balanced but there is some emphasis at the end of the ally, drawing the eyes to want to see what is beyond the ally. It is easy to overlook the person in the doorway. The image is quiet and the person must be ignored as the viewer longs to reach the end of the ally, overlooking the person looking out the door, wanting to be seen and heard.
This is a black and white photo of a busy city street corner. A man is laying on the ground with people walking by. Another man is looking up to the sky while another looks toward the camera. The artist uses color and balance to keep the viewer from a central focus. The coloring is gray with no emphasis nor highlights and the balance is symmetrical. The design is of variety and a feeling of movement. The overall effect of the photo is that everyone is busy with their own thoughts and agendas. No one has time to consider those around them, including the man on the ground. No one speaks nor acknowledges others and they stay in perpetual motion in their own world. No one sees and no one hears.
This photograph is of a man sitting alone in a barren place at the edge of a body of water. The rock is isolated as the man is. The surroundings are barren. The artist uses the elements of color and shadowing along with a design of emphasis and contrast. The bright reflection on the water at the front of the image along with the shadow bring emphasis to the focal point, the man on the rock. This emphasis on the rock and the man contrast the insignificance of the man when viewed in proportion to the size of the rock and the world surrounding the man. The image does two things. It emphasizes our view of individuals being insignificant. The man is at a height, looking out, yearning to find a way to be seen and heard, yet he remains alone and cast out.
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