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Using pop culture artifacts as a reliable source of knowledge is nothing new in the field of cultural studies. And, inspired by Foucault’s archaeological approach to history. We decided to look at “The Simpsons” first season episodes through a different lens. The main goal of this clear and playful task is to share some photographic lessons with you.
Each section after this one corresponds to a single episode. You’ll find a brief summary of each of these, followed by all the photography-related insights. And lessons we were able to uncover through our analysis. Oh, and just so you know, we couldn’t find any Simpsons Portrait lessons in episode 6. But if you find any, please let us know.
ROASTING SIMPSONS ON AN OPEN FIRE
Bart sneaks out of the mall while doing his Christmas shopping to get a tattoo. Marge removes the incomplete and tacky design from his arm after learning the truth and uses the money set aside for family holidays. Homer notices that he isn’t getting the annual bonus from Mr. Burns, so he sneakily applies for a job in Santa’s department.
Not directly related, but still interesting for those interested in “optics” in a broader sense than lenses and the like. Optics is a branch of physics that studies the behavior and properties of light.
Bart is taken to a dermatology clinic, where the doctor examines the fresh tattoo with magnifying glasses before erasing it with a laser beam in the most painful way possible. Lasers are a huge part of pop culture, and it’s a fascinating topic that we should delve into more deeply one day.
Homers now forced to work additional hours as Santa in a nearby mall as part of the photography lesson. It is, as we can define it, a very precarious job. After six exhausting hours of work, he receives $13 and gets to spend the entire day with children. Homer’s experience gives us a glimmer of how the system malfunctions when people are in financial difficulty and also check this topposttoday.
THE GENIUS BART
Bart struggles on a psychometric intelligence test and exchanges Martin Prince’s copy in secret (better known for being the smartest kid in the class). Following grading, school psychiatrist Dr. Pryor declares Bart to be brilliant and suggests moving him to a facility specifically designed for gifted children.
The illusion of his intelligence quickly fades after some peer scrutiny (and eventual bullying). And for those of us who interested in the social sciences, here’s something to think about from now on. When it comes to social behavior and culture, descriptive and inferential statistics may lead us in the right direction, but in the end, society will have the final say.
Returning to photography, the psychometric test demonstrates how effectively black-and-white visual resources can arouse nostalgia for the past and stimulate the imagination.
After Bart uses his imagination to picture the scene while trying to solve an arithmetic problem. He teaches us this lesson. We gave monochromatic imagery. As a helpful tool for concentrating on the hidden and coded messages in a picture or a movie. Here, after entering somewhat desaturated environment, even a slight concentration attained.
EPISODE 03: HOMER’S ADVENTURE
The Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, where Homer works, visited Bart’s class. He strikes his security cart with a potentially lethal radioactive pipe. As a result of his excitement being seen at work. Homer loses his position as technical supervisor at the Nuclear Power Plant as a result of the incident. He makes the decision to end his life because he is unable to support his family. At the point of the act, he finds a new career path as a safety advocate.
THERE’S NO DISGRACE LIKE HOME, EPISODE 04
After Marge, Bart, and Lisa humiliate Homer at a picnic held at Mr. Burns’ mansion, the plot thickens. He decides to act after sensing the pressure of “perfect families” around him. And brings his family to Dr. Marvin Monroe, an unconventional counselor who uses shock therapy to “cure” them. The family is not cured Monroe’s approach. And seems likely that he would contend that they were simply an anomaly with no statistical significance.
BART THE GENERAL EPISODE 05
This one has a lot of nice references to photography. It all started with an argument between Bart and Nelson Muntz. The school bully, which quickly turned into daily, routine abuse of him after school. Homer suggests that Bart retaliate against Nelson after learning about the predicament, which makes things worse. When Bart asks his grandfather for advice out of desperation, photography lessons start to emerge.