Friday, February 15, 2008

My Hero: Jesse Owens

1. The layout is divided up into 3 images with the most important image placed in the center and larger than the 2 equal images on either side of the main image. Very little attention is paid to borders as the focal point of this poster is about the actual quote by Jesse Owens. The background images are in black and white because I didn't want to distract from the text which is the main motive or idea of my poster. I took the olympic medals and overlayed them on the image of Jesse to back up the quote showing that if one is determined one can achieve their goals.

2. Once again I only used 3 photos to create a simplistic poster that would assist the viewer in understanding the message. My new approach to this poster was to use various blurs and filters on the two images on the left and right so that the viewers eyes would focus on the quote and the medals in the center. This quote and medals were meant to be the focal point of the poster. I have used more text in this poster because I wanted the viewer to read the full quote and understand Jesse's philosophy. I tried to make this poster about the words and the images were meant to be the background.

3.Balance: The two equal sized photos on the left and right of my poster create symmetrical balance on the picture plane.

Overlap: I have overlapped a gold, silver and bronze medal on top of the center photo. Once again, this overlapping creates a focal point on the picture plane.

Texture: I have used various blurs and filters on my left and right photos to create grainy, rough texture on the picture plane.

5. This is my weakest poster. I was trying to create a statement using the quote that showed almost how he succeeded against all odds. I was trying to also make a statement about the context of his story, how Hitler wanted to prove the Ayrian race was the strongest and that no man of color could win the gold medal. This is why I placed an image of a Nazi athlete standing on the podium saluting in what has become known as a sign of hate and indifference. By putting filters and blurs on this image it is hard to recognize the image of the Nazi athlete. I could have made this poster more objective by not altering and filtering this photo. I could have used a different quote to explain the context of the story of Jesse Owens. I also could have made the medals more distinct to further illustrate the message I wanted to send.


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