Week 7, Task 1: Visual analysis. Meaning, making and ‘Truth Value’

Refer to the following texts and make notes.

     1. View the video on The Myth of Photographic Truth (See 237 130 Stream Wk 7 section)

     2. Read pages 16-22 in the section called The Myth of Photographic Truth, in Sturken, Marita, and Lisa Cartwright. “Images, Power and Politics”. Practices Of Looking : An Introduction To Visual Culture.: New York : Oxford University Press, 2009. 9-48. Print. (See Course Reader)

Evaluate the above source material.

     1. List 2-5 key ideas that resonate with you and write down what you found interesting about them.

NOTES

  • Digital technology has made us all much more aware
  • tools such as photoshop to alter their photographs.
  • Photography is not truthful, by the time we start to fake it, we are already 3 levels away from reality.
  • The hidden truths behind the image that we do not see at first sight of the visual image

Photography is not truthful, by the time we start to fake it, we are already 3 levels away from reality” (Osterman, Mark)

I found this interesting as it really makes you question the ideology behind images and what we are shown in things such as the media. It goes back to the idea that we as photographers of self-portraits are both the composers and subject matter so therefore, we are able to manipulate the image to make the audience believe what we want them to believe.

Digital imaging thus can be said to have partially eroded the public’s trust in the camera as evidence” (Sturkenm, Marita & Cathwright 22)

I find this idea interesting as it raises the question about the images displayed in media, and if we are being told the ‘truth’. An example of what I am talking about is international news. When shown an event happening, we assume that what we are being shown is the truth and nothing but the truth, however, people are just as easily able to manipulate the news being told on an international scale as they are with self-portraits.

 

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.

a. List some of the similarities and differences between the different imaging technologies?

Photography is a way of capturing or documenting a moment in time, however, this and be altered by what fits in the canvas, to how it is edited after it has to be captured. Painting, however, can ve extremely manipulated to the point where the subject can be deemed unrecognizable due to abstract art practice.

b. 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?

I find this idea interesting as it raises the question about the images displayed in media, and if we are being told the ‘truth’. An example of what I am talking about is international news. When shown an event happening, we assume that what we are being shown is the truth and nothing but the truth, however, people are just as easily able to manipulate the news being told on an international scale as they are with self-portraits so that the audience will believe what we want them to believe. It is important to take this into account when thinking critically about a text as we must go above and beyond to find out what is ‘reality’ and what is ‘illusion’ and why the author or artist may want us to think about the visual image with these characteristics.

c. 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 analog technologies?

  • manipulation of images
  • constructs a virtual reality
  • make the audience feel and think something different

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.

All through history people have been able to manipulate images, whether it be internally manipulating an image by the subject matter to make the audience see something different to what is actually going on in the image. Or, externally manipulating the image where it is edited once the image has been taken, or made. Both of these types of manipulation can be created by the author so that the audence does not see the manipulation, this is why it is important for us as the audience to critically evaluate the art and design making pratices understand how and why this was done.

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