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What is this picture trying to say?

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Thursday’s front page of the Los Angeles Daily News had a story on the well-being of women and how it’s on the decline. According to a report from the Los Angeles County Dept., of Health, an estimated 40 percent of women are at risk for health disease while the data rises to 53 percent for black women.

Here’s the front-page of the newspaper:

March 4, 2010 Los Angeles Daily News front page

There is so much going on with the main story. It doesn’t just lend to conventional reading, left to right, because of the statistics box and vignettes from the four different women. It’s a good concept, but the main art doesn’t seem to fit the message.

The message is clearly stated in the main headline “Unhealthy Situation.”

Certainly, there is problem if women are at such a high risk of heart disease and aren’t taking care of themselves. But a picture of a woman, who looks to be in decent shape, while walking her child in a carriage doesn’t tell sort of story. As the main, which is framed and centered on the page, should have a more compelling photo. The photo does not have a caption either to give readers a better understanding of the photo.

When it comes to newspapers front pages, usually they tend to stick with safe layouts. Solid photos with some of the best stories of the day, which are usually all news stories.

With no headline, no story – what does the main photo say to you?

I see a mother, who doesn’t have a lot of time to exercise, getting out of the house to do what she can to stay in shape. She’s not model-skinny, but she isn’t out-of-shape either. Without seeing her face and the expression she is making, it’s hard to discern her ‘well-being,’ which is part of the message of the sender.

Written by Susan Lulgjuraj

March 4, 2010 at 3:35 pm