At first glance, this image looks fairly banal, or as she describes it, mundane. The explanation of the intent is very effective, showing the viewer how we have also been "tricked" into accepting toxicity in our everday lives to the point that it has become unremarkable and unnoticed.
The image is uncomfortable. It immediately strikes me as a danger. Even though, upon further inspection, I can see the orange plastic covers on the tips of the needles, indicating a barrier and a level of safety, I have been socialized to think of needles, not only as a source of discomfort (receiving a shot), but also as a potentially life-threatening danger.
This image made me recoil at first glance; I had a rather visceral reaction to it. Visually speaking, it may be more effective to have the more "active" images placed more strategically in the image.
My initial response was shaped by the deep familiarity with the image, taken from a piece of software I use almost every day. I therefore started looking closer at the image to see if there were any modifications to it. Due to the angle and resoluton, I assumed that it must have been taken with an additional camera. Since I did not find anything out of the ordinary – except for locating El Segundo – I turned to the design statement with more anticipation.
Anger and sadness were my initial responses to this image. I think these emotions were evoked not only because of the subject matter, but because of my own personal connection to Taiwan, having lived there after I graduated from college.
My immediate impression of this image was first I felt very sorry for these brown babies who were left alone and suffered from starvation after wars. Also, it is very shameful and irresponsible that the Korean government did not properly include mixed-race children as our own citizens and enlarge the boundaries of nationality, but rather ostracized them.
The graininess of the screenshotted images is striking and gives the image a sense of movement.
The moodiness of the sky is most immediately striking in this image. The eye is immediately drawn to the slant of the plane, wondering whether this is the orientation of the frame or the ground itself.
This is a particularly timely visualization, giving the ongoing and increasingly dangerous scale of California wildfires. As a native Californian, I grew up knowing that fires are a part of our natural ecology, however the scale and destruction of wildfires has notably increased in the past decade.
This image immediately brings to mind news stories I read in the months leading up to 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Many athletes chose to not particpate because of the poor air quality, for fear that it would case irreparable harm to their health. This image provides a shockingly relevant visual representation of these concerns.