How Plain Pictures Can Have Big Messages


Only some of this collection of photos are what might be considered “good” from a photographic point of view. There are problems with color, composition, lighting and a host of other things. Yet, they are all united by the fact that they convey a clear message. How we perceive that message is often up to the individual, but we think these plain photos show how much power a photographer can potentially have in bringing attention to a situation or cause by careful selection of subject matter. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then these photos are batting above their average.

Each war is different, each war is the same

Photo by Kevin Dooley

Korean War - HD-SN-99-03144

Photo by US Army

Korean War - HD-SN-99-03142

Photo by US Army

Always Faithful, Doberman, Military Working Dog, MWD, World War II Memorial, War Dog Cemetery located on Navel Base Guam, Photo by U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John F. Looney
No War No Warming- Code Pink activist arrested at the Capital. Wash DC 10.07, Photo by scottmontreal
Bank of America security giving me the finger during the Iraq war protest

Photo by Steve Rhodes

Day 104/366 - Cola Wars

Photo by Great Beyond

Spanish Civil War veterans remember a hero

Photo by the Workers Party of Ireland

The High Cost of Bush's War

Photo by Hollywood Poodle


Photo by Zoriah

Sky Factory

Photo by Taras Kalapun


Photo by Matt Watts

Construction Worker Potrait

Photo by Saad Akhtar

Migrant construction workers - Bangkok, city of angel 2009

Photo by Ron Ashore


Photo by H de C

Slain Civil Rights Workers

Photo by Alpha Chimp Studio

Immigration protest, Photo by Matthew C. Wright
May Day Immigration Rally - Chicago 2009

Photo by Kate Gardiner

Propaganda Shirley

Photo by Mildly Diverting

About Author

Rob is the founder of Light Stalking. His love for photography started as a child with a Kodak Instamatic and pushed him into building this fantastic place all these years later, and you can get to know him better here.
Rob's Gear
Camera: Nikon D810
Lenses: Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8

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