Two young footballers, Martin Shields
- Two young friends from rival football teams
- Walking through a rundown area
- Possibly on their way back from playing a match
- They are in the very front of the image’s depth, with the path ahead stretching out in front of them
- overcast sky, stony ground, lack of other signs of life, ages of the boys, cleanliness of the kit (and so likelihood that they are in fact in the way to a match), possibility that it was posed
- That there are prospects for peace in a place divided by sectarian tension [my guess was Glasgow from the striped kit]
- That the journey to peace starts with this generation
- That the path ahead might be long and difficult
- working class (football is a working class sport), gloomy outlook (sky), obstacles on the way ahead (uneven ground)
The article for which this photograph was used was about the sell off of council houses in Glasgow and the effects it would have for the inhabitants. The article calls the area, one Britain’s worst slums. This does relate to my initial deconstruction of the image, but not entirely. The photograph has a very strong human element, which shows that dignity and humanity of the people living there and the contrast with the circumstances they live in.
The text changes my perception of the image in such a way that I look closer at the houses in the background. I think it is a very strong image, because it doesn’t show any negative connotations with the people who live in that area, strengthening the idea that they have a right to better housing, they are human beings like anybody else and should be treated like that as well.