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English Presentation - Analysis of Visual Text

Studies in English Education 2 - Candace, Kat, Nicole and Sarah.
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on 17 September 2013

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Notes
Ideas
Step 4
Gaze, blue layout
Line, openess, layout
Figures going to heaven
John Marsden and Matt Ottley's picture book
Home and Away
(2008) tells the tale

of an ordinary Australian family who find themselves in the midst of a war, and as refugees, are placed in a detention camp.
Visual Analysis of Anchor Text
The curved lines of the clouds in the background suggest movement and flow. This movement could suggest and symbolise changing times ahead.
Interacting and relating metafunction considers the semiotic resources an image may use to develop types of social relations with a viewed (Callow, p. 49).


In this image, the viewer is placed at close proximity to the participants of the text. As such, the viewed feels closer and more relatable to the text's participants (viewers become more invested in the participants and the circumstances of their narratives.
The proximity between the characters suggests a close bond.
The close shot of the hand holding the camera, along with the high angle in which the hand is, conveys a level of intimacy and helps the text and user establish connections. The positioning of the hand and camera also suggest that the person holding the camera, hold the familu in high esteem.
The typeface used on this page suggests that it has been typed. This is important to note as we see the typefaces used change as the narrative progresses. It (the typeface) in itself adds to the narrative and further shows the impact war and dislocation has upon this character's normal everyday activities such as being on a computer.
The scribbled lines demonstrate the vulnerability of the author
The diagonal lines of the fish tank project a sense of tension an drama.
As evident below, this image fulfills the Rule of Thirds.
The red tones of this image illustrate the brutality and bloodshed of war whilst also conveying a sesne of anger and danger.
Whilst we do not actually see any conflict, the broken glass and blood on the fish tank allow us to infer that an attack has occurred at this residence.
The lone, left behing show and the torn child's drawing symbolise disunity and that the owners of the show and image were in a rush or desperate to flee.
The introduction of written text in a handwritten-like font symbolises that the author has limited access to ICT and is on the run.
Movement
Colour
Black dog
Use of blue for the drawings evokes
angle, black, power
Notes
Ideas
The shot of the family is at a further distance than in the first image. This medium or mid-shot creates more of a social distance, rather than a close or personal one established in the first image (Callow 2013, p. 54). It demonstrates the family's growing uncertainty and that their sense of belonging to the community and to us as readers in continuously diminishing.
Lines are effectively used in this image to create a sense of movement and motion in the waves.
From this image we see people thrown overboard, who are consumed by sharks. The narrator believes they then go to heaven.
John Marsden and Matt Ottley's picture book Home and Away (2008) tells the tale of an ordinary Australian family who find themselves in the midst of a war, and as refugees, are placed in a detention camp.
Visual Analysis of Anchor Text
The curved lines of the clouds in the background suggest movement and flow. This movement could suggest and symbolise changing times ahead.
The interacting and relating metafunction considers the semiotic resources an image may use to develop types of social relations with a viewed (Callow 2013, p. 49).

In this image, the viewer is placed at close proximity to the participants of the text. As such, the viewer feels closer and more relatable to the text's participants (viewers become more invested in the participants and the circumstances of their narratives).
The proximity between the characters suggests a close bond.
The close shot of the hand holding the camera, along with the high angle in which the hand is, conveys a level of intimacy and helps the text and text user establish connections. The positioning of the hand and camera also suggest that the person holding the camera, hold the family in high esteem.
Meaning is also conveyed through the use of colour. The use of blue in the sky in this particular image conveys a notion of calmness and peace - providing readers with the historical context of the characters backgrounds and experiences.
The typeface used on this page suggests that it has been typed. This is important to note as we see the typefaces used change as the narrative progresses. It (the typeface) in itself adds to the narrative and further shows the impact war and dislocation has upon this character's normal everyday activities such as being on a computer.
The scribbled lines demonstrate the vulnerability of the author. The child's drawing also provides another perspective on the narrative.
The diagonal lines of the fish tank project a sense of tension and drama.
As evident below, this image fulfills the Rule of Thirds.
The red tones of this image illustrate the brutality and bloodshed of war whilst also conveying a sense of anger and danger.
Whilst we do not actually see any conflict, the broken glass and blood on the fish tank allow us to infer that an attack has occurred at this residence.
The boot left behind and the torn child's drawing symbolise disunity and that the people and image were in a rush or desperate to flee.
The use of red in the child's drawing further conveys danger and tension.
The introduction of written text in a handwritten-like font symbolises that the author has limited access to ICT and is on the run. It is this change in typeface (the diary entries that began being typed and are now written on scrap pieces of paper) that reiterate the transitory nature of the family's life.
The reading path flows from the outstretched arms throwing the package, to the writing on the right hand side.
Colour: Red symbolic of blood.
Angles within a visual image can suggest different types of power relationships (Callow 2013, p. 57). In this image we are seeing a shift in angles used. The angle in which we are looking down on the dog suggests that the dog and what the dog symbolises are under threat and shows the fragility of the dog and its circumstances.
The use of blue in the background for the drawings evokes emotions of sadness. (Callow, 2013, p. 66).
The lines on their faces portray sadness and how thin they have become.
These pages show confusion, as a once peaceful place is changing.
You see the serenity of the water, but look in the background. There is destruction of the landscape.
Colour may be showing the depth of the situation they are in, as a metaphor to the ocean that they are travelling on.
The angling of the knife portrays the authority of the pirates and the victim is defenseless. This shows the use of positioning.
The colour used on the person shows a lack of hygiene, thinning of the face, with the use of shadowing.
The outstretched hand of the man and the angle to which he is portrayed shows authority, in a demanding pose. It evokes a feeling of being intimidated.
The photograph from the first page has returned, but is torn. This may be symbolic for the lives lost, the strained relationships within the family, and the uncertainty they face in a place where they are not sure that they belong.
Paint on the page, looks like blood spilled.
The hands raised up may be symbolic of hope that they will be fed and survive. It also represents the struggles of many people displaced by this war.
A sense of motion is conveyed in this image through the use of vectors evident in the upper limbs of the character on the left hand side of the page.
The background of this image provides the setting. By looking at this image, we can see the setting is within view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge which has undergone some damage as a result of the war and conflict that has broken out. Settings play a key role in understanding what the image is conveying and also help the readers make sense of an event. However this particular image relies on the viewer understanding current cultural knowledge and locations of the Sydney Harbour Bridge (Callow 2013, p. 31).
As readers, we interpret the story and the characters not only by their actions and circumstances, but also by how they look at each other (gaze), the distance between them visually on the page (proximity) and whether or not presented as looking down on, at eye level, or up to another character in the image (angles) (Callow 2013, p. 63). As such, this image shows the growing strain between the participants of this narratives as their proximity to one another is not as close as originally portrayed in the first image. The lack of eye contact between the different participants of the text also emphasise the level of emotional connection between one another is changing too.
Surrounding the characters in a sea of black suggests that mystery, death and evil is encroaching upon them, as these are the common themes associated with the use of the colour black (Callow 2013, p. 66).
Whilst still telling the narrative, the use of a child's drawing help the reader feel not too confronted by the complex and harsh reality of what is happening to the text's participants.
The use of blue in this image conveys a sense of sadness.
The eye level shot of this image reestablishes the reader-text relationship and makes the reader feel more relatable and empathetic to the plight of this particular character.

It is from this image we can sympathise with the circumstances this character has been expose to and experienced.
The gaze of the participant demands us reader to connect with them
Diagonal lines create unbalance (Callow 2013, p. 33). The diagonal line of the horizon in this image conveys this and symbolises the uncertainty and chaos experienced.
In this image we can see the family escaping from the evil (the black) and progressing/moving towards a more peaceful and pure setting (which is represented by the white and yellow colours on the right hand side of the page).
The light behind the mad which prevents the reader from seeing his face, coupled with the use of black which has been used to convey evil and power, also convey intimidation, particularly as readers don't feel comfortable relating to this particular participant.
The alternate page illustrations depicting a child's drawing, like this one, underscore the brutality of what is happening.
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