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Industrial Revolution, Pedestrians and Dorothea Lange

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The Great Depression is a phrase associated with the industrial revolution. Brief phrases, some famous images and relics found in the dirt are all that are left asside from the few who may still be alive to tell of the 1930’s experience. The generation gap has opened and we are now currently in and among another economic crisis. Dorthea Lange was an American photographer who voyaged the dusty roads of the US and trailed the stories of some of those who suffered in and among her own country.   It was a great time of change; herding people across land like cattle. Instiutionalizing the word ‘home’ for many across the world, while also instiutionalizing the idea of perfection with mass genocide. What some may fail to recognize is that depression exists everywhere. Always. Depression is relative. Economic crisis  shifts a mindset. Save your money! Don’t spend it! Or… spend it! But on smart items. And what are those smart items? Whatever they are, they are inevitabley an insurance policy. But value must be in the eye of the beholder. Or, value must be in the eye of whom the beholder is surrounded. There is the phrase “keeping up with the Jones’s.” Look good, sound smart, dress sharp, talk right. The way we communicate is a very telling happening. Our body language and pronunciation is very telling. How does one pronounce, for example, the word Vietnam? That may tell where one was during a war. How does one pronouce the word Water? That may also tell where they were during another war. Currently, English is the language of an empire. It’s how we speak English now that paints on us. Photographs and slogans or perviously,  images sketched in trial are only partial pieces of the world stage puzzle. Pronunciation. Dictation. Authority. Being bi-lingual or at least knowing enough about how to get by. Dorthea Lange can be created with preserving these American sufferings during the 1930’s and perhaps, on a positve note, leaving visual legacies behind that aid us in realizing economic change.


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July 2, 2009 at 10:41 pm

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