Research Task 1: Every Picture Tells A Story


An example of an image that has been influential is the above, a photograph of firefighter David Tree giving a Koala water during the Black Saturday Bush Fires in Victoria, Australia in 2009. The image has impact because there is often a lot of media focus on how people mistreat animals, yet the photograph shows somebody going out of their way to help. The firefighter saw the Koala at the side of the road and requested they pull up, he then proceeded to give the Koala water from bottles he had with him.
The image spread on social media after being featured on the front page of the Herald Sun. He received both positive and negative attention with people varyingly wanting photos with him or accusing him of abandoning the animal.  Overall though, the image remains positive, aided by the symbolic look of unity and comfort by the fact the two are holding hands.


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