Distinctively visual images are used to draw audiences into the experiences that one may face, such as isolation in an unforgiving environment. So, why do composers use distinctively visual images? Composers create distinctive images to enable responders like you, to experience a better understanding of the physical setting, emotional state of the persona and the relationship between people and places. Henry Lawson, an Australian bush writer and poet is renowned for his short stories and poems being published in the Australian Bulletin, conveying the realistic nature of the Australian bush and outback. Lawson explores the experiences of others through ‘In a Dry Season’ and ‘The Drover’s Wife’. A similar notion is explored in Liz Lofthouse’s 2007 picture book, ‘Ziba Came on a Boat’. All three stories reveal that through persistence, individuals can overcome hostile and isolated conditions.
Body 1: In A Dry Season – hostile landscape 45 seconds
Firstly, Lawson portrays the struggles to survive in the unforgiving barren quality of rural Australia through his clever use of literary techniques. The first word ‘draw’ is used to invite readers to clearly visualise an image of the bush, which is indicative of what Lawson had anticipated for the rest of the sketch. … “a wire fence and a few ragged gums…scattered sheep…train”. This clever and effective use of the direct imperative verb followed by the bland but sensory imagery, encourages the responder to create a visual sketch. Additionally, Lawson uses austere prose to convey the minimalist description of the four landscape characteristics, emphasising the monotony landscape, positioning the responder to feel the harsh ruggedness of the landscape.
Body 2: Ziba came on a Boat – hostile landscape 45 seconds
Similarly, this notion of hostile landscapes is explored through Ziba Came on a Boat, however through vivid illustrations accompanied by text.
Body 3: The Drover’s Wife – isolation 45 seconds
Visual imagery has been created in ‘The Drover’s Wife’ through Lawson’s use of literary techniques such as alliteration and accumulation to emphasise the effect of living in hostile conditions such as isolation. “The two-roomed house is built from round timber slabs and stringy bark, and floored with split slabs”. This quote is used to allow the audience to visualise the dilapidated home and understand the hostile conditions the drover’s wife and her kids are living in. “Nineteen miles to the nearest sign of civilisation”, this quote has been used by the composer to enable the responder to distinctively visualise their situation and get a sense of how segregated this house is from civilisation, emphasising the notion of isolation.