The Impact of Images in a Story
This paper discusses the images of the sandy hurricane within the context of the story in which they appeared.
The image about the dark city New York tells the story of a blacked-out skyline of New York City, caused by sandy hurricane subsequent to the landfall. Sandy hurricane was preponderance catastrophic as well as the harmful hurricane to be witnessed in global antiquity of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane period. In the United States’ history, it was the second-costliest sandy to be documented. This storm caused the stand lights of Brooklyn Bridge to contrast the underneath Manhattan Skyline that had lost its electrical supply, following the hurricane mega storm that flooded New York. Recorded surge hurricane that was exorbitant than anticipated alongside strong winds vandalized electrical systems, plunging over 8 million citizens without electricity. The power outage was therefore due to the strong Sandy Hurricane in Manhattan, New York in the year 2012. Manhattan experienced prolonged electricity shortage during and after the sandy hurricane.
The image of yellow cabs resonate the story of unique impact of the storm on energy markets. The yellow cabs parking lot is deluged due to the destructive 2012 hurricane. This hurricane raised water body along East Coast of the U.S, ranging from Florida to Maine. Exorbitant increase of water bodies were recorded in Manhattan and New Jersey. The flooded yellow cabs indicate the impact of sandy hurricane on the national income of New York. T6he typical expected effect is that the prices of gasoline and oil will rise as storms knock the infrastructure offline. As a result of this, supply was scarce as consumers scrambled for the little that was produced in the market.
The image of people struggling to walk on flooded waters could be the aftermath of sandy hurricane. The photo might have been taken after the hurricane, resulting in several damages, among them excess flooding resulting from increased water bodies. After the deadliest sandy hurricane, most places in New York were flooded, including the city’s streets. These citizens could be walking down their usual streets in New Jersey, only that this time the streets are also flooded and so they had to put an extra effort on their strides, as they put up with the effects of sandy hurricane.
The image of people volunteering to re-build New York could be telling the story of disaster relief and aid fund offered to assist the sandy hurricane victims in New York. Such natural catastrophic are unanticipated. It is however expected that whenever such a disaster strikes, people join forces to assist those in distress. After the hurricane, most people lost their homes, property, power, and heat. Although recovering from the damages caused by hurricane was time consuming and expensive, the victims took solace in the comfort of both the local and national governments who helped them rebuild their homes and lives in the aftermath of the sandy hurricane.
The photo editor opted to publish these images to engage readers. Since we live in an era of visual language and culture, it was paramount for the editor to compliment his blog post with an appropriate image relating to the topic under context for quick and clear comprehension, thereby attracting more attention. The photo editor thus opted for these images because they corresponded with the message communicated through his block text. An image communicates a story best than a written word, and through these images, the baseline of the story can be captured.
The images used by the photo editor attract the attention of the reader simply because they set up checkpoints, whereby the reader can refocus. With a pro-longed text blocks, one can quickly get bored of continuous reading. However, the editor has used images to engage the reader by breaking progressive monotony of reading to make the reader remain focused. However much a blog might be interesting or fascinating, a reader can rarely notice it if it is not incorporated with an image. Additionally, the images catch the attention of the reader because the editor has presented his ideas and data through the sequence of the involved images.
These images appear in sequence because one factor led to another and the unfolding events during and after the disaster. For instance, in the first image, the editor presents the dark city of New York. The New York City experienced darkness as during and after the deadliest hurricane winds hit the country. At the wake of this tragedy, another disaster was recorded resulting from the rising waters of the hurricane floods, which distorted the country’s economic income. After the floods had reduced to some levels, we see people trying to maneuver around in their less flooded streets with an attempt to deal with the damage caused. In the last image, it is only logical for citizens to rebuild their homes and any other damage caused in the aftermath of such a disaster, therefore, explaining the reason why the image was the last to be presented.