Rob Grom’s Photograph image for David Kirby’s book jacket, Death at SeaWorld, aims to persuade the reader through pathos, logos, and ethos to read the book. Upon viewing the book jacket, a person is drawn into the emotion of the graphic, the dark contrasting colors of the photo and the text. The potential book reader is also inspired to look at the logic of the title and the subtitle. Lastly, the reader is also going to notice an author with a reliable reputation. The photographer does an excellent job to represent David Kirby’s contribution to the issues involved for whales in captivity.
The dark blue color shadowing the aqua blue water of the killer whale triggers an emotional response of questions. What is causing the shadow? What mystery and secrets does this book hold?
The title of the book, Death at SeaWorld is in white, then darkening to grey lettered font.
Death in white font shows to the pathos of death being pure, and the greying of SeaWorld is a statement of SeaWorld’s image fading. The media was flooded with news articles following the death of Dawn Brancheau, in February of 2010. A killer whale that she had worked with for a number of years killed her in front of a live audience. The orca whale named Tilikum, or “Shamu” to the audience at SeaWorld, is responsible for the deaths of three humans. This tragic event changed how trainers are able to interact with the whales. Now trainers are entertaining on stages with lights and fireworks, versus doing acrobats off the whales.
The second part is the photographers attempt to draw in the reader, is the subtitle, “SHAMU and The DARK SIDE of KILLER WHALES IN CAPTIVITY.” The font is in all caps as if its screaming to the reader to look at the logos, or the logic of whales in captivity. The light blue font coming out of the dark blue background symbolizes the truth coming out of the darkness. From a logos side of Grom’s argument, one must evaluate the claims of whales in captivity. On one side of the spectrum, one...