Fifth paper: A Personal Response to a Work of Art
The work for this paper is Scott Carrier’s photo taken in the basement of a fortress in Afghanistan during the war against Taliban forces.
It is your “reading” of the photo that will be interesting here.
The paper should have two parts (which can be interwoven, if you wish, in your essay). The second part is the real heart of the exercise:
1)You should note details and analyze the photo as you have done with earlier works. Pay close attention to what you see, to what is there, asking questions about what you see. Answer the questions with good analysis.
2)Most critically for this paper, write about what the photo makes you think, what it makes you feel, what questions it raises about your life. What does the photo teach you about yourself, about the society of which you are a part? In short, write personally and thoughtfully about your own interactions with this work of art.
Obviously, we are all different people and our responses will vary greatly. There is no right or wrong set of responses here. There are, however, more thoughtful and less thoughtful responses, and on that basis I’ll evaluate the papers.
About 2 pages. Email it to me during finals week, by the latest on December 15, or bring a copy by my office, CB 311E.