The boy, although sick and at times, could hardly breathe, had to support his family who was living in the slums in the hills of the capital of Brazil. Flavios Home in Rio de Janeiro By following Flavio, Parks was able to take picture of the scenes of the life that his family lived”the abject condition of poverty, the lack of healthy food to be eaten and the general helplessness that the family felt in the slums. Parks effectively used the tone of his photos as well as the colors and contrast of his subjects to highlight the elements of poverty in the home of Flavio.
Through the photo-essay of Parks, the world took notice of the situation of Flavio. Thousands of dollars came in as a response to his photo-essay. As a result, Parks was able to bring the boy to the United States for treatment. Such was the power of Parks photos”they highlighted the situation of his subjects by highlighting the emotional aspect of his subjects in the photo. In doing so, he managed to elicit the effective emotional responses from those who see his photos all over the world. It would not be an exaggeration to say that those who view his photos are changed.
Parks Grudge Against Poverty One of the distinctive reasons why Parks is able to capture poverty well is the way he treats his subjects. For him, the subjects of his photos are not merely subjects. He turns them into friends and follows them through their lives and along the process he gets connected and involved with these subjects of his. In fact, he develops a love for his subject”a lasting kind of love (Online Focus, 1998). Parks, himself, experienced difficulties and bigotry in the American society. He grew up as a Black man and their family was very poor when he was young.
It was only through the efforts, initiatives and determination of Parks that he managed to get out of poverty. Right after he was evicted from the house of his brother-in-law, he worked different kinds of blue collar jobs that enabled him to live. But when he got his first camera and he started taking photos. Conclusion It is no wonder that Parks captured the different facets of life in general and poverty in particular. He also studied the masters of photography and Roy Stryker of the now defunct Farm Security Administration.
By being involved in the lives of his subjects, Parks is able to delve deeply into their lives and in the process translate such lives into meaningful photos. Gordon Parks also portrayed several other celebrities and common people such as Muhammad Ali and Ella Watson. Parks photography is excellent but more than just the excellence, he brings out the best features of the subject at hand.
Reference Online Focus (1998). Half Past Autumn: News Hour Transcript. Retrieved 21 Oct 2007 from http://www. pbs. org/newshour/bb/entertainment/jan-june98/gordon_1-6. html.