As we discussed in class, here are the four parts of a good caption for your photoessay:
1. Take the reader inside the situation through description (precise verbs, adjectives, nouns, and adverbs). Use the five senses and similes and metaphors.
2. Facts from your research.
3. More description of exactly what is seen in the photo.
4. The ‘so what’. Why does this matter? What’s the conclusion?
Here’s the example I wrote in class:
As the machines groaned and whined and spun in a deafening roar, like an out of control giant washing machine, the children darted from machine to machine. Their job was to wedge their tiny fingers between the rapidly-spinning bobbins, replacing full ones with empties. A miscalculation resulted in cut-off fingers, or worse. Lint dangled in the air like dirty snow. Hacking coughs from contaminated lungs and burning itching eyes were the norm. Children worked in the textile mills twelve hours a day, gaining as little as fifty cents. The child in this picture stands barefoot on the giant machine, working to ensure the bobbins are changed when full. Children in this era were treated like lower-class, powerless slaves.
Homework: Paste your passage as a comment to this blog post. We will look at it tomorrow in class.
Also please choose your photoessay topic. Some possible options are:
child labor, conditions in the textile mills, factory working conditions, conditions in the coal mines, environmental degradation, women’s issues, immigrant children, street children
Or, perhaps you have another idea.