I think it would be helpful to contextualize and clarify the specific image in greater detail - to walk the viewer through the landscape (imagry) that is being presented. Is the mud common? Is this a specific brand of mercury? does that matter?
The first place that my eyes went was to the text of the screenshot, but I after viewing the accompanying text I began to look at Camila and the environment. If there were a way to take crop-out the words at the bottom of the screen, the viewer might focus on Camila's concern or the toxic looking environment; both of which I think do a better job of showcasing the toxic situation.
If overlayed upon each other, the collage would acquire more texture. As is, the collage is flat and does not evoke the sedimented layers that these toxic people, across toxic places and periods, are implicated in.
I think it would be interesting to add imagry that signifies the wage gap in the UC system: perhaps by including an image of the Chancellor's home (or even numerical representations of his salary).
In light of the inspiration from Piet Mondrian, I would suggest it would be helful to quite literally add a "frame" to the image (i.e. a black framing as seen in Mondrain's work). This would add a bounded starcture to the image that I think would signify it's completion (though, perhaps you chose to not add a framing for the intenional reasons, such that we are unsure of the direction or path of the cascading disaster of climate change).
I'm wondering what added analytic insight we'd get by putting this image in juxtaposition with another that somehow depicted the false death claims.
I would blow up the image of the police officer playing Connect 4 so that this is the only image on the left side. It has such affective force that I think it should be the main focus point of the image. As the image is now, it is hard to find a focus point.
The image is a powerful representation in the irony of LASPD’s rhetoric and LASPD’s involvement. However, it has a lot of information. I would suggest narrowing the statistical representation on the right side of the image so that you only feature the “LASPD POPULATION VS LASPD INVOLVEMENT Bar Graph"
I understand that the point of the photo is to show how the freeway is hidden. But it would have been interesting to have a side-by-side of this photo and what is directly below - to truly juxtapose the two concurrent landscapes.
these images, and I think "scientific" images more broadly, are much more dependent on discoure or narrative to draw out ethnographic meanings. what's most ethnographic about them is they way they condense a set of practices and relations: who makes them, how they are made, how they learn to make them, how people learn to read them, how they are used, etc. The genealogies of these practices in particular places.