Certain images have a potency that, for better or for worse, cause them to remain with us long after we tear our eyes away from the canvas, computer monitor, or newspaper page. Whether these images haunt or inspire us, terrify us or give us hope, for some inexplicable reason, they have acquired the power to penetrate the emotional numbness we often feel toward the world around us.
What sets these specific images apart from the thousands of others that we see every day? Why do we remember some images better than others? Why are some images still prevalent in our culture today while others have faded into obscurity?
Approaching this photo essay assignment, I decided to delve further into the concept of persistence of image. By transplanting a selection of well-known images from a variety of classic movies into the modern-day surroundings of OSU’s campus, I hope to challenge my audience to consider the legacy of powerful images and icons, their persistence throughout changing times, and their continued cultural significance in our society today.