Marianna Beard I decided to use the “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” song by the Flaming Lips. The lyrics pose questions humans wouldn’t dare to say out loud. These questions pertain to the potential power humans could have—and how each and every one of us would use it. The questions are clearly designed to put the listener on the spot; the listener is forced to think about whether or not he or she would use his or her power selfishly. No one knows, the song says, how they would use such power because no one really knows themselves to his or her core. My photos portray human thoughts and actions through a luminous aesthetic. I took my pictures on extremely sunny days to highlight the notion of power; the intensity of the sun’s rays is meant to symbolize the overwhelming feeling of having little control in our lives. I used Photoshop to enhance the colors of the trees in my photos to represent the burning opportunity we yearn for; the opportunity of power seems so bright and beautiful that we just want to reach out and grab it. However, the colors, sunlight, and distance I used makes the notion of power seem just out of our reach. They were all shot with the intention of making us quizzical and feeling slightly discontent. My first photo represents power nearly being within reach. It is shot with bright orange trees and the Chemistry building—all of which are barricading us from fully reaching such power. My second photo represents how blinding power can be. My third photo represents the beauty of power while simultaneously representing the weight of the power; the camera is literally buried beneath the illuminated leaves and tree. The fourth photo represents the danger or power; the vivid orange color and protruding sunlight overpowers the photo. In the fifth picture the sunlight shining on the tree stump represents the human mind. This stump is cut unevenly; the human mind will always contain tainted thoughts.