With the development of technology, human beings are able to capture a memorable moment with a tiny machine which is a camera. A photograph Is a sliver of real life and an unedited copy of the real world. In order to analyze the meaning of the photographic image, I found the relevant text-book from Kennel university library, The disciplinary frame: photographic truths and the capture of meaning. In this book, the author John Tag claims that “photography can seem to capture the reality and the eye like no other medium, commanding belief and wielding the power f proof. However, in some cases, a photograph Itself Is attributed the force of the real. In addition, the meaning of photographs are “discursive effects of the regimens that produce them as official record, documentary Image, historical evidence, or The photographic that we choose for our presentation Is “A letter to Islam: we are women, not things”, which Is taken by Journalist Loaf Alarm at 2011.
The image shows a Muslim woman wearing Burma, covering her body from head to toe except eyes and hands looking and touching a beautiful wedding dress.Our thesis tenement for this image is Islamic culture and religion are exploiting Muslim women’s fundamental right. In the following section will briefly discuss about how our analyze this image by applied the theories from the textbook. Theoretical Concepts Applied In order to analyze the photographic image that our team used in our presentation. We will apply several key concepts and theories from our textbook. Practice of Looking: An introduction to visual culture. These theories including: ideology, representation, producers’ intended meaning and concept of stadium and punctual.After applying these concepts onto the image, our group believed that it could be able to approach more critically to invisible messages of the image contained.
Ideology The first theory that our team applied to our photographic Image Is Ideology. According to the Manta Sutures and Lisa Cartridge, ideology defined as the values and beliefs shared and spread by a society (23). The Ideology of this Image Is that the Muslim women’s fundamental rights are exploited and they might lose their rights to choose their favorite clothing.Women In Islamic countries might feel Imprisoned and pressed. Moreover, the culture or religion Is depraving the personal Identity of Muslim women. Representation Representation Is another key concept that we used for analyzing this Image. In the our textbook Practice of Looking, the authors explained that representation is creating meaning about our the world by using language and images (12).
In this image, there is one important thing that presented the meaning of the Muslim woman’s dressing style which is Burma and veil.Burma and veil are iconic and only allowed Muslim women have to wear the Burma and veil. Producers’ Intended Meanings The third theory that our team applied to our analysis are producers’ intended meanings. This concept describes that ” Artists, graphic designers,filmmakers, and other image producers create images with the intent that we read them in a certain way’ (Sutures and Cartridge 53).
In this image, we cannot see this woman’s face and define whether she is frustrated or not.The photographer of this image might try to lead viewers to guess the expression of this Muslim women and the intended meanings of this image. Stadium and Punctual The term Stadium and Punctual are the last concepts that our team applied to analyze our photographic image. These concepts were explained and named by Roland Farther in his book, Camera Lucid, which published in 1981.
Farther defines the Stadium as “a kind of education (civility, politeness) that allows discovery of the operator. (22) Stadium refers to the range of photographic meanings available and obvious to viewers. In fact, the stadium is the element that creates interest in a photographic image. It shows the intention of the photographer but people experience this intention in reverse as a viewer; the photographer thinks of the idea then present it photographically. However, the viewer has to act in the opposite way, when they see the photograph they have to interpret it to see the ideas and intentions behind the image.On the whole, stadium is what initially drew viewers to the image. It can be the overall scene, colors, and the cultural background. In our photographic image , the stadium of this image would be the dark Burma and white wedding dress.
Dark on white background is great for creating contrast and drawing attention. In addition, the stadium also indicates historical, social or cultural meanings extracted via semiotic analysis. Culture is an important connotation within stadium, Farther pointed out that culture “is a contract arrived at between creators and consumers. Therefore, our team believe that cultural middle ground is extremely important in the way ideas are put across from photographer to viewers. Punctual is the second element of an image that Farther mentioned in Camera Lucid. Punctual is a “partial object” or image that shows out at the viewer within a photograph.
Punctual creating an element which rises from the scene. Punctual is the particular detail that attracts viewers to an image and it is the element in the mage that holds viewers’ gaze; keeps viewers’ interest.This kind of meaning is unique to the response of the individual viewers’ gaze of the image. Furthermore, Farther also describes that the punctual is not simply the sum of desires projected into the photograph.
In fact, it arises from the details that are unintended or uncontrolled by the photographer. The punctual of this image would be the Muslim women’s unknown expression and the pose that she was holding the bell of the wedding dress. The dark Burma in this image adds to a mysterious scene. Without this Muslim woman, this image would not expression on the woman’s face.This detail adds meaning and makes the image much more interesting. On the other hand, Punctual could be anything or something that reminds viewers of their knowledge or something that viewers similar with. Punctual is an object of personal and sentimental value, it also often different for everyone.
Conclusion In conclusion, by applying several theoretical concepts from our textbook to analyze our selected photographic image “A letter to Islam: we are women, not things”. We believed that Muslim women’s fundamental right in Islamic culture and religion are unvalued and humble.