Sunday, October 2, 2011

Postive and Negative photos of America

This is my positive picture of America showing New York at night representing the Upper East Side where mainly affluent New Yorkers live indulging in the famous boutiques, like Gucci, Micheal Kors, Chanel and the famous department stores Bloomingdales and Barneys. I think it is a positive picture of America because it shows may different people clustered outside of the building obviously living the 'American Dream', they are succeeding in life and can afford to shop and live in one of the most expensive cities in the World. It captures one of New Yorks famous sayings 'the city that never sleeps' showing to the rest of the World that America is always on the go and chase that dream . This picture can be considered negative because some people living in these expensive areas can not afford to do so with America's current economic climate, borrowing money to try an live this materialistic lifestyle.
This negative picture shows a tramp begging for money, highlighting the extreme inequality many Americans face, symbolising that income inequality has steadily raised throughout the last century in America. The picture shows that for some the 'American Dream' has truly been just that, a dream that has never materialised as a reality and representing a never ending life cycle. It also shows the negative side of capitalism, where the rich remain rich and the poor remain poor illustrating an uneven distribution of wealth. The failure and outrage of Medicare which focuses extensively on those facing poverty and hardship, may illustrate that the American public are unreceptive to change.

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