Place Reflection on CtW Reading on Profiles



Derek Weinreis
Profile writing is something that we hear about and read almost every day. Profile writing is known as describing and analyzing people and places. This is found in several magazines and newspapers. Many profile writings are done on well known people, but they also can be done on ordinary people. Good profile writing will involve the authors point of view or dominant impression. Dominant impression is a particular and coherent sense of its subject. Profile writing is very descriptive like in Paul Buhle writing about Mike Alewitz how Buhle describes things about Alewitz so we as readers can hear about his story. Buhle writes that “Alewitz is happiest in a small crowd of amateur painters and community members who meet to discuss with him what kind of mural would best suit the purposes of the community and the building.” This is a good description of Alewitz that tells us where he is most happy and shows us what his true love is for. Then later in this profile it talks about when Alewitz was born and where he grew up. Then it goes on to share parts of his life. For example how he went to college at Kent State for about a year and after that for almost twenty years he went to work at railroad lines, print shops, and the one he enjoyed most painting billboards and signs. In the profile by Molly O’Neil she is talking about a woman named Dr. Love. In this profile O’Neil does a good job getting here point of view or dominant impression across about Dr. Love. O’Neil tells in her profile about Dr. Love how one of her days go and talks about how it starts off dropping off her daughter at preschool then she performs surgeries and after that see heads downstairs to teach and work on grants and other things. Mike Rose has a profile that talks about three different people. These people all were different but had one thing in common and that was that they did not enjoy school all three never tried to apply themselves. Rose does a good job describing each person for example like Ted Richard, “he was chunky and had a baby face and came to Our Lady of Mercy as a seasoned street fighter.” Rose created a dominant impression on all of these people.



Christian Barnum

Profile writing is a genre of writing used to describe and analyze people and places. Profiles are generally about famous people. They are a way to get a more in-depth look into the people we hear so much about. Profiles can also be written about ordinary people too. This allows us look into the background or certain groups of people rather than just going by our preconceived notions of them. Profiles can also take place in real time. They can show what a person is doing during the day and show specific tasks they are performing. With profiles, the reader never sees the person or place directly, but rather through what the writer of the profile is saying in his piece.
The writer’s in-depth description is the key to writing a good profile on somebody. For example in Paul Buhle’s profile, he describes the wall with the painting on it in great detail. “A large outside wall of Cesar Chavez High School in Oxnard, California, carries the portrait of the famed Latino labor leader and social visionary, “the Chicano Martin Luther King, Jr.,” against a background of grape fields and a foreground of the message “Si se puede! Yes! It can be done!” This is a wonderful and vivid description of what Alewitz is seeing in the profile. This can also be seen in Molly O’Neill’s profile on Dr. Susan M. Love. While explain Dr. Love’s appearance, she writes “Dr. Love stood in the back of the conference room, rocking in her bone-colored pumps. Her brown eyes were narrowed behind red-frame glasses”. This is a very detailed description and helps give a good idea as to the appearance of Dr. Love. In Mike Rose’s profile, he does an excellent job of combining three profiles together and still linking them together and describing what connects the three people in the profile.
Photographs can also be useful in creating a quality profile about someone or something. For example, in the profile about the Mississippi River it talks about the greatness of the river and how vast it is. The profile also talks about how the river is being over polluted. The picture above the text does a good job of explaining these two statements by showing a wide-angled picture of the river while also including the trash and pollutants in the river. Pictures like this can really bring the writer’s text to life.

Justin Kaster
Profile writing is describing and analyzing people and places. Some profiles can be on famous people which gives us the behind the scene look at them and also can be on ordinary people. Then you have places like what you have in travel sections of newspapers. Then they also can take place in real time. Buhle put a lot of key points in his profile by defining the function of art and then following it up with describing the locations of where the story takes place like Kent State or Austin, Minnesota. He also provided historical background on Alewitz’s work. In the profile of O’Neil she gives a very good description of Dr. Love which helps you very well on picturing who she is talking about. She also does a very good job on telling us how Dr. Love’s day goes. Also she tells us how Dr. Love seems to be very good at what she does by saying “I can probably go in and take a wedge out of your breast; it’s sort of like taking a dart”. In the Mike Rose’s profile he does a good job at putting the three students in the story with a paragraph for each so he can describe them. With the first to paragraphs you get the main idea and the last to you get the conclusion that goes along with the main point. Rose lets us see through the students view the problems in the schooling they have.
Photo essays use pictures to tell a story or describe a place and invoking people’s emotions. In “Caner Alley” they use two common features of photo essay which are the two page spread and also the use of captions that join words and images together. In this the relationship between photographs and texts is dynamic and reciprocal.