237.130_A2_W7_TASK 2_Seeing the World

Visual text can be constructed and read differently though worldview, ideology, and the myth of photographic truth. All three influence how we interpret a visual text. Visual texts are constructed around ideology, they shape how texts are written. Worldview is assembled through our own conscious understanding and experiences, it influences our ideas and attitudes thus effecting how we interpret and form opinions regarding the visual text. The myth of the photographic truth refers to the function of truth but also the distancing from context and subject in photographs. This helps us question the reality of the image, whether we see it as factual or manipulated. A dominant worldview will never be normalised as it is based on everyone sharing the same ideology. Ideology is biassed to its own specific ideals, each society has different ideologies through their own religion and culture. The myth of photographic truth influences worldview and ideology as the world becomes a seemingly more visual place, photography becomes a medium of education, broadening our views and ideas through exposure.

Works cited

Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “Introduction”. How to See the World. London: Pelican. 2015. 15/03/16.

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.

Met museum. “A Photographic Truth.”  YouTube, 26 Oct. 2012. Web. 2/05/2016.


237.130_A2_W7_TASK 2_Seeing the World

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