So I started watching “Masterpiece: The Making of Migrant Mother” and right off,
I'm annoyed that the creator,
is using a vertical orientation for the video,
as if he filmed it with a smart phone.
But after a few minutes I stopped noticing the odd aspect ratio as I was engrossed in the top of the video.
By the end,
it was clear that the vertical aspect ratio was a design choice,
to reflect the subject matter,
an iconic portrait from the Great Depression.
He filmed a video about Dorothea Lange's portrait “Migrant Mother” in portait mode!
it's jarring to see video in portait mode instead of the normal landscape mode,
I think it works.
It was also interesting to note just how much manipulation went into that photo.
It wasn't just a quick shot of a mother with three kids,
but artfully staged as government propaganda to promote one of President Roosevelt's social programs during the Great Depression.
Jason Kottke goes into some
depth about the subject of the photo,
Florence Owens Thompson.
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