Stimulus texts: "The Ivory Trail" by Victor Kellehe

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My second text, a visual by Victor Kelleher, is the front cover of a novel "The Ivory Trail". It intrigued me and made me want to buy the book and find out about the journey. It is a cryptic text that is fused with exotic and evocative graphics. These images have connotations of ancient worlds, mystery and the exotic. This allows us to visualise the protagonist's physical journey. Physical journeys create challenges as they take us to new places. Journeying encourages the travellers to test themselves physically; this often develops ideas and feelings. The protagonist's gaze looking up at the images implies he will be involved in such a journey.

The use of juxtaposition and the size of the objects are also used to portray journeying. The personas face uses the majority of the space in the visual, while the pyramids in the middle background and the Islamic praying temples situated in the background becomes slightly smaller.

This creates the effect of stages within a journey. The persona is the beginning and will embark on his physical journey through each stage.

The teaser 'Not All Journeys Have an Ending" links with the word "Trail". They both hold similar meanings which imply that this journey does not necessarily have a final destination or end but that it is what one learns along this journey that truly matters. The larger front of 'Trail' places emphasis on it. The word means route or path or unpaved road the traveller may take.

It is clear that there are connections between these two texts. Physical journeys can be unpredictable, may have obstacles and challenges for people who undertake them and can help broaden the knowledge of others. In "Crossing the Red Sea" this can be seen through the persona...