An analysis of Dorothea Lange’s photos

October 27th, 2015

Notice that in the background, half of the field is empty, which could infer that the photo was taken during a time when the farmer didn’t have enough money to plants crops on all of his land. Also, there are no machines in the picture, you see humans doing all of the labor. This could be before machinery such as tractors were invented, or due to the farmer not having enough money to purchase the expensive agricultural equipment. The focal point that captured my attention was two children and a woman in the field. We could understand it in different ways. One is that two children have nowhere to stay so had to follow their parent to the farm or two kids were looking happy spending time with their parent. From my point of view, they seem fairly happy and enjoying what they are doing.

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