Jiwe la kulia
Crying Stone of Ilesi
1) State the photographer and where the image was found. This photograph is titled “CryingStone” by KilaKabila – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CryingStone.jpg#mediaviewer/File:CryingStone.jpg
2) Describe the image chosen in terms of content (what is the image about-a whale jumping into the air, etc.). This photograph shows Jiwe la kulia, the Crying Stone of Ilesi, a natural landmark in Kakamega, Kenya. The name is pronounced (jē-wĕ lŏ kū-lē-ŭ) or in the local language of Ki-Luhya, ikhongo murui (ē-khōn-gŏ mū-rū-ē) meaning “large head”.
3) Describe in detail the type of photograph in detail (all black-and-white, close-up, dramatic lighting, etc.). This is a landscape image in outdoor lighting, depicting a natural landmark in Kakamega, Kenya. The photograph is taken in color, with balanced lighting and moderate contrast between the shadows and highlighted areas, with texture emphasized. Much detail can be seen in the foliage and stone outcropping reflecting great depth of field. The perspective appears to be normal, as how the eye would see if standing a short distance from the stone.
4) Describe the composition – How are the elements in the image designed? The subject of the photograph, the large stone, is positioned slightly off center against the blue sky, balancing the weight of the stone on the left side of the photograph with the weightlessness of the sky on the right side. The angle of the white clouds draws the eye towards the subject, while the details in the landscape contrast against the clear blue of the sky. The low viewpoint brings attention to the location of the stone, which sits on a hill away from the road like a sentinel overlooking the land. Framing the clouds on both sides of the stone enhances the impression of size and volume. A smaller stone sits atop the larger stone, reminiscent of a head, as noted by the keen photographer’s rotated view of the stone. Smaller stones and a tree to the right of the main subject further enhance the sense of Jiwe la kulia’s impressive size. The photographer angled the image to emphasize the water and darkened stripe running down the face of the stone creating a geometrical contrast to the angle of the clouds and highlighting the legend that the stone weeps.
5) How does the image make you feel? The photograph evokes feelings of loneliness, peace, and the majesty of nature. The clear blue of the sky reflects the purity of the open countryside on which Jiwe la kulia sits. The angle of the clouds echoes the movement of time passing by the unchanging stone.
6) Why did you choose this image? I chose this photography because of the peacefulness reflected in the image. The photographer conveyed the feeling I felt when seeing this landmark in person as a child. I would like to be able to do this, effectively to reflect feelings evoked in a viewing experience through photography.