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This photograph is a 3/4 view portrait. It has a more transcendent quality than a full face photograph. He is at a slightly higher angle than the photographer giving him a more powerful, leader like quality. It is evident that he is speaking to an audience and it seems to be an audience of his supporters. There is confidence in his eyes and body language as he speaks. He has an energy about him that says he can get things done. Barthes explains how political photographs are designed to make the candidate connect with the voter. Seeing a confident man that shows initiative can really bring a connection between candidate and voter because most supporters of Santorum want a more average, hard working man.

Santorum has a back story that can really help his cause. He is a family man with traditional values. A photograph cannot show us this but, as Barthes mentions, a photograph is skewed by what a candidate does outside the picture. His values transferred so when voters see Santorum they will thing of his ideals and his family. Making a great name for yourself as a candidate starts with a respectable and stable background to begin the building process. Seeing a photograph means remembering what you know about someone. A great photograph portrays what a candidate is  what he stands for while showing good qualities through body language. This is a great photograph because of the striking pose that indicates power and strength.

Barthes explains about how a photograph can express thought and will. This picture shows Santorum at a level without vulnerability as well as a lot of intention. He knows his point that he is trying to get across in correct in his mind and he can deliver it with extreme confidence. The position of the hand with the extended index finger only drives this point more. The filter of this photograph is only him; there is no audience. This gives Santorum all the attention, meaning that he is the main man in this operation. This depicts him as a leader.

Showing a candidate’s inner beauty and external beauty is a very important thing in a photograph. Some candidates have very good morals and a great inner beauty while some have less behind them and want their actual physical looks to be focused on. Rick Santorum has more of the full package in this department. His inner beauty is that he is a great family man with a hard working personality and people respect that. He is also an attractive person so his face is easily photographed. This photograph shows his sides well. He has power in his body language and his face is partly showing.

 

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I like to stay active and workout. I really like golf as well as most other outdoor activities. I play a lot of music and guitar is my main instrument.

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