Visual Rhetoric: Images as Arguments
When you are looking for images on the Internet, you need to understand that there is a difference between just viewing those images and using them for the analytical writing assignment required of Paper # 2. Luckily, there are many great sites with images that are offered free for anyone to use.
What follows are some of the best free use sites or you may find our own images, too, but these are great resources:
Wikimedia Commons: images are available for free use and don't have copyright. Moreover, they have a lot of interesting historical images and famous pictures and art which can really make your visual essay unique. The link lands you on the "Topic" page, but you can also use the search engine to find photos.
Flickr: includes many categories of photos, including "The Commons" which are photos uploaded from collections, as well as personal photos uploaded by people around the world.
Open Clip Art: a gallery of graphics clip art that is free to use. You can search for many objects here that can help you convey your story. It also includes humorous images and cartoons.
Pixabay: professional photography images that are often quite stunning. These free use images can be explored by topic, by the photographer, or by searching for a term. This site also includes clip art.
Slideshare: contains many PowerPoint presentations on lots of different topics. You can get ideas for your own essay as well as look for graphics and quotes you could use. This site gets many uploads from companies, professors, and businesses, so it is a great resource for charts and graphs.
Pikwizard: offers a variety of high-quality photos that you can use for personal and commercial use. It also includes a Design Wizard feature which allows you to add text, shapes, video, and other elements. Some features and add-ons are free and others require a small fee.
Next, use the following checklist to analyze images:
Who is the audience for the image?
What is the argument?
Does the text make a rational appeal (logos)? Explain why or why not.
Does the image appeal to the emotions (pathos)? Explain why or why not.
Does the image make an ethical appeal? Explain why or why not.