Chopping cotton on rented land near White Plains, Greene County, Ga.

In the image presented, a message is sent using both spatial and gestural visual modes. Embedded in the image are four adults and 1 small child cultivating barren land . The size of the child when in comparison with that of the adults could imply that children were not excluded from hard labor and were a common commodity on plantations. The gestural mode could be the obvious fact that they are engaging in agricultural labor, and them wearing nice clothes could mean that they had just left church and are too poor to take the day off.