I narrowed my tutorials to either using the one where the person’s body figures would be missing, or having the person ripping open their body to reveal the greaser underneath them.
The benefits of using this tutorial, is that I can have someone ripping off their ‘top layer’ to then show what is truly under them. The issue I would have that would make this difficult to do is finding the link with why I have chosen this tutorial. In addition, the image may be a little too grotesque to view, as someone is initially ripping himself or herself open. The benefit of this perception however would be that it would show how someone who would look ‘innocent’ on the outside, but in reality they are rebellious.
Again, the issue with this would be that greasers did not hide their rebellious attitude. They were open to their style and attitude towards the subculture. I think that it would be good to use inside the magazine if the subculture was to show how people had to hide who they were, but it would be risky to have it as the front cover. If someone who viewed it was part of that subculture, it would make them think why would the person in that image be ripping off clothes they would necessarily be wearing every day, when in fact the greaser style was everyday clothing to them.
Personally, I think that this tutorial may be more appropriate to use. I would be able to show the whole style of clothing they would be wearing, and I could position them in such a way to show they were part of that rebellious subculture by the way they were standing. A problem I would see with using this tutorial is that you would not be able to see their facial expression. This could be shown by the way they could be standing, because body language has been proven to say a lot about a person, as shown in Robert Phipps’ book Body language, it’s what you don’t say that matters, January 2012. His book talks about how body language reflects more than facial expressions.
Overview: Robert Phipps shows two main components that describes body language:
Kinesics – How people interact with their body signals, movements and gestures.
Proxemics – The study of the distances between people when they interact.
Robert also splits the ways of the body language in 3 separate categories:
The body language as code/instruction – instead of verbal words being used, the body language can also reveal just as much. An example he uses is a referee using arm signals to indicate others in the match, as well as using flags.
The body language as an emphasizer – Robert explains how you use your body to emphasize what you are saying, such as using your arm in a meeting to emphasize the stats going up/down, when in fact there is a graph shown right beside them.
Your body language as an indicator – Your body language is also a sign to confirm words that are also being used. For example, when you shrug your shoulders, it often shows someone who is indecisive about their decision, or a contradiction of ‘yes’ in some cases. (ref. pg 8, 9, 10)
This has proven to me how you do not need facial expressions to understand the attitude of the person if I were to get rid of their faces and body parts in the picture. Because the body language is so obvious when you are positioned in a certain way, it can say a lot about a person. If I use the example of someone working on a computer. If they were slouched away from the computer, it would give the impression that they are not 100% interested in what they are doing, or are not engrossed in it, in comparison to someone who is sitting upright. Within the society also, it is professional to sit upright and not be slouching or having one hand to your head, because it shows lack of interest and boredom.