Photo Personifies GRIEF of Dallas Police Shootings
Slate Magazine ran a collage of front pages from different newspapers featuring an identical photograph, under the headline, “The Intern Who Took the Defining Photograph of the Dallas Shooting”. Out of the thousands of images coming from this tragic news event, what made this photo of a grief-stricken police officer comforting a colleague "the Defining Photograph?” Is Slate even right?
Eyes WIDE OPEN : Weird for People, Normal for Cartoons
Anyone who spends time analyzing faces notices very quickly that we have a double standard when it comes to expression. When we observe a realistically-depicted human face, we have a fine-grained, rigorous way of determining the mental and emotional state of that face, based on what are often tiny actions in the “hot spots” of the eye, brow, and mouth. If we conclude, on the other hand, that the depicted face is Sentient, but Not Human (i.e. stylized), we are liable to see almost any configuration of eye, brow and mouth as plausible and readable, as long as there are cues present which indicate an expression (open mouth, raised brows, etc.)
So many faces. So many ways to express emotions. Faigin examines facial expressions in movie stills, cartoons, fine art, illustrations and photographs and shares his insightful analyses in his monthly blog.
FACE BLOG INDEX
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