List 2-5 key ideas that resonate with you and write down what you found interesting about them.
- The truth changes depending on the person.
I found this concept interesting because this can relate back to contextual thinking and the way each person individually interpret a visual text. The ‘truth’ around the image changes with the way you as a person decides to understand the image and the context around it.
- Nothing truthful about photography.
This concept interested me because this is implying that all photographic images since the beginning of photography were somehow manipulated, whether it was form colour to rotation of the image to negative/positive images.
- Photographic truth – the medium, the one the photographer wants us to feel and our own truth.
There can be many truths coming form the one image, whether it is the medium like positives/negatives, coloured images, texture to the one the photographer wants us to see whether that may come from manipulation of the negative or taking away/adding into the image. From this we can create our own truth from the different truths being shown. We the viewer can decide the overall truth for ourselves. This overall concept I found fascinating.
Artists/Photographers/Designers Making Meaning (lists and sentences or a paragraph)
2. An analysis of a photographic image requires we consider what technologies were used by the image-maker, and how those technologies have been put to use in the making of the visual text.
- List some of the similarities and differences between the different imaging technologies?
When comparing the imaging technologies, there are obvious differences between the camera and painting, one is the use of technology and the other isn’t. Another difference could be the use of movement, for example we can create a moving image (video) whereas with painting you can’t. One similarity between the imaging technologies is that they can portray the same thing even though they are different medians of working. A similarity is also that all imaging technologies can be manipulated, the artist, designer or photographer have power of the image and are able to manipulate them.
- Camera technologies are argued to depict or represent ‘reality’ and/or a view of the world, places, events, people, history, etc.- so why is it important to take account of them when thinking critically about a visual text, especially an image such as a photograph, film, digital image, or a video game?
Its important to take these ideas into account because they can help create context to be able to think critically about the visual text. We also need to remember that these types of images from video games, film, photographs etc. can be easily changed and manipulated. We need to sometimes understand that there is a distinct difference between the virtual reality and what actually is reality.
- Digital technologies offer an image producer the means to construct alternate and virtual realities, explain how, and explain how are they different or similar to analogue technologies?
Digital technologies have been dramatically changing over time, with these technologies forever developing, image producers are able to create these realities. They have the power over the image to create something they can to see, not what is necessarily there. The difference between the analogue and digital technologies is that digital is always adapting and changing, with new developments being made this technology is changing whereas analogue is almost stuck in one place. Once something is made or developed it can’t be extended any further.
3. What do the authors/presenters propose is important about how technologies are put to use by the image producer. Consider these ideas in relation to both historical and contemporary image making practices.
What they are trying to say is that we as people need to remember that every image that is digitally created could have been manipulated and that we cannot say that is how the image actually was/is. In relation to historical image making practices, it was shown the in ‘A Photographic Truth’ that images back near the beginning of photographic means that image manipulation was happening then and now with contemporary image practices this is still happening.
Reflect: How might these ideas be relevant to your essay topic and an analysis of the visual texts you have selected for your essay topic.
These ideas could be every relevant to my essay topic because I am writing about the introduction of photography into self-portraiture. I could use these ideas around manipulation to add into my essay as a point of interest. This can also help me when analysing visual texts as I can try to understand if an image is manipulated or staged.
Consider the above readings, presentations, ideas and exercises. In a Blog Post explain the notion of ‘The Myth of Photographic Truth’ and why it is important to an analysis of visual texts. Refer to your essay topic, a selected visual text and the technologies used to construct it/them, and refer to the terms denotation and connotation.
(Cite all source material–in-text citations and bibliographic citations: MLA captions; MLA in-text referencing for online sources, lecture presentations, video presentation).
Being able to understand the photographic truth within images are very important because it is what helps us to understand these images better. From the artists truth to our own truth, we need to take into consideration manipulation and staging of the image. We need to use these ideas around the truth when analysing an image because we need to take into account what the of power the artist had over the image and what they wanted us to see within their image. In relation to my essay topic, the image above is one I will be using in visual analysis. This is a photographic image with the ideas of gender and how one person can be two genders. This image is staged and might be manipulated with a filter to change the appearance to give it a gloomy/cold feeling. I believe that this image is more a denotative image because it shows a more cultural associations and meanings, trying to relate to the growing society of LGBT community.
Reflect on how could might utilise the ideas in this section in an essay paragraph?
I could utilise these ideas into the gender section of my essay as this can help to explain the relationship between the audience and artist. What truth they create from the image and what one was trying to be portrayed. I could use the idea of denotative and connotative when analysing other visual texts I am going to use in my essay and explain them within my paragraph in relation to Mirzoeff’s ideas.
(Metmuseum. “A Photographic Truth.” YouTube. YouTube, 26 Oct. 2012. Web. 30 Apr. 2016.)
(Cartwright, Lisa. “The Myth of Photographic Truth.” Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture. By Marita Sturken. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford UP, 2009. 16-22. Print.)
(Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “How to See Yourself”. How to See the World. London: Pelican, 2015. 31-69. Print)