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Janel Munoa

Her video was really poignant and visually stunning. The message of how humanity seems to have a tendency to just dominate the world for its own purposes seems to ring true in some ways. I mean, throughout history, wars, oppression, and greed have played a big part in subjugating many cultures, peoples, and societies to many injustices.  

Her style of music was powerful and seemed to draw the viewer (as well as the listener) into her video and the dynamic imagery juxtaposed with the music made for a very compelling piece.

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An-my Le–29 Palms

Her work is mainly photographical, but also tends to be videographical as well. Her work showed the recreation of some events of past wars, using actors and effects to convey her message. A lot of the imagery was in color, but there was some in black and white, which tended to show the history and make it feel as though it was from a bygone age. 

Her work was powerful and showed images that seemed very real, given the war that we are in right now. Granted, many of the imagery was portrayed, it still showed a realism and poignancy that almost made it real.

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Most of his photography work was mainly in black and white, which in a way, adds a certain drama and desolation to the image. What I mean by that is, it puts the image in almost another time and place, taking it from the real world and putting it in place that seems far from realistic. Furthermore, it tends to make the image one is looking seem almost distant and isolated. 

Much of his work was also mainly of nature scenes and various flora. The image that mainly grabbed me was the tree stump with the beer can on it. Sure, it could be considered clever that someone may have decided to use that stump as a table for something, but others could also argue that it shows that mankind doesn’t truly respect nature. Instead of trying to preserve it, mankind destroys it. The beer can on the stump seems to represent a kind of disrespect to the fallen tree

Image from Robert Adams Book, "Turning Back"

Image from Robert Adams Book, "Turning Back"

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