Human Faces Can Express at Least 21 Distinct Emotions

Alice Park @aliceparkny March 31, 2014

Distinct facial muscles were used to express compound emotions

In the first article, Alice Park talks about the 21 different facial expressions that depict a corresponding number of emotions. According to the article, facial expression is an involuntary expression of emotions which comes from adjustment of facial muscles. One of the most important points that Park rises in this article is the fact that facial expression can occur within milliseconds and can also happen up to a minute. It means that in order to capture the right emotional expressions it is important to have good timing. As a photographer, I will train myself to identify genuine expressions mush faster. This will enable me to capture the exact moments, for instance, when person truly happy, fearful, sad, angry, surprised or disgusted.


By Laura Blue Nov. 30, 2012

In the second article, Laura Blue talks about reading emotions by way of understanding facial expressions and body language. Blue raises an important point that facial expressions can be less informative about a person’s emotional experience especially when emotions are high. Body language can therefore give more comprehensive information. This article teaches that in order to maximize emotional expressions, a photographer can guide people on using body language to complement facial expressions.


Alice Park @aliceparkny March 6, 2014

Our current understanding of facial expressions could be specific to Western cultures

In the third article, Alice Park discusses the issue of how facial expressions can be interpreted differently from cultural context. She quotes research findings that have shown that facial expressions may not be universal across cultures. It shows that people from different cultural backgrounds interpret facial expressions differently. This means that it is important for me as a photographer to learn how facial expressions may differ for people from different cultural backgrounds and use that understanding to shoot photos that portray people in the true emotional expression.


 Friedman, M. (2020, Mar 25). These photos capture a world paused by coronavirus. National Geographic

In the national geographic Website, Maura Friedman gives an account of how the world has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Friedman gives this account through photography. National Geographic asked a photographers situated in different parts of the world to share their troughs about how the COVID-19 has affected the day-too-day lives of people and communities around the world. Notably, most areas have imposed restrictions on movement and interactions between people. After going through the article, the set of photographs that are shared in this article elicits mixed emotions. For example, the deserted streets and cities and people locked down in their homes in several parts of the world such as Malaysia and Italy elicits fear and confusion. These photos provide a clear message to the world about the seriousness of the pandemic and how it is affecting people. But apart from the negative emotions, some photographers also wanted to give a message of hope and love in the midst of the outbreak. Majority are confined within their houses, which is limiting their ability to cover what is going on in the world. Others have shared how they are adjusting to what is happening such as improvising gyms in their homes with whatever they have. Others are finding this a rare occasion to have time with their families. And most interesting, some photographers are also taking photography as a form of therapy. By immersing oneself in photography, some photographers are able to cope with the sudden change in their day-to-day lives.

The photographers have used different concepts in photography such as lighting camera angles, and choice of images in order to portray their stories in the best way possible. For example the photograph by Nichole Sobecki uses lighting that perfectly supports his message. The alternating patterns of lighting and shades in the forest reflects the kind of confusion the photographer has found himself into. He is wondering how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect countries with fragile African economies such as Kenya. The lighting and shading patterns create a somewhat limited view ahead meaning that what lies ahead is unknown. The photograph by Camilla Ferrari also uses lighting and shading patterns to show how the pandemic has impacted on the surrounding and humans and how people are coping with it. Unlike other photographers who tried to capture how the pandemic has locked them down, Luisa Dorr chose to show how people in some parts of the world  such as in Bahia Brazil, have continued living their normal lives and their perspectives about the disease. This is different from the Malaysia and Italy where people are no longer living their normal lives. This is important because it helps the reader to see the world in different perspectives. Another aspect that is photographers used perfectly is angle of view to reinforce the message of confinement. This is best illustrated by Rena Effendi who uses a narrow view capturing her daughter in a limited space and projecting the view to the neighborhood. As mentioned this help the viewer to have a better understanding of how people have been put into quarantine to prevent the spread of the disease.


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