This post should be actually given the title “The power of images”, because this is what I want to talk about.
Or, what title would you give to a post that would publish just the two photos of these two different Russian New Year’s Eve dinners in a row, without a word?
Do you feel the world represented by one of the pictures better than the other? Would you prefer to live in one or the other? Do you see any kind of moral development/regress in the sequence of the two, and if so, what?
What logical relation do you project between the two pictures? A temporal one? It was like this, it became like this? If so, what kind of story do they describe? Or rather a parallel, a counterpoint? While those so, these so? If yes, which picture represents those and which one these?
And what do you think, if someone put up the two pictures in a post, what would he want to suggest with them?
And now look with absolutely fresh eyes at two completely different pictures about two very different feasts.
Put yourself the same questions.
Does the order of the pictures influence your answers? Do you identify more with the one you see first, or with the one following it as a counterpoint or punch line? Did the one which was more sympathetic earlier become now more alien to you?
The simple grammar, which is there, without exception, in the serving of every picture presented to your eyes, and which is so convincing not only because it is largely governed by subconscious conventions, but also because its actual generation is mainly your job, is especially useful to be made explicit in today’s times.