237.130_A2_W6_TASK 3_Essay topic research

Elizabeth Urbanski talks about the relationship between the traditional self-portrait and the contemporary selfie. Urbanski validates the expressions behind selfies, she points out how we still draw from historical conventions when choreographing our modern selfie. Using a historical self-portrait compared with a selfie, i can illustrate the link between the past and today. Another valid point made is the absence of an artists intermediary in the selfie. The subject can also be the artist. This means expression is more fluid but originality is harder to come by.

Reflection – Urbanski provided an in-depth analysis of body language and branding in selfies, she also backed up her points with visual evidence which helped validate her ideas. After watching this video, i am more aware of the distortion in selfies and the natural narcissistic element to them.

 

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237.130_A2_W6_TASK 3_Essay topic research

237.130_A2_W6_TASK 2_GLOSSARY

Ideology

A system of shared beliefs and attitudes that occur in all societies despite cultural and religious differences. Ideologies essentially are theories about social ideals that intersect and vary throughout populations, they can be subtle or extreme. Ideologies often are expressed and projected through images. They inform and influence, helping us decipher the world.

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237.130_A2_W6_TASK 2_GLOSSARY

237.130_A2_W6_TASK 2_CONTEXTUAL UNDERSTANDING

Considering ideology when analysing a visual text is important as it mirrors the context of current, this is a key part of gaining an in-depth critical understanding of the image and its content. When analysing Afghan Girl by Steve Curry the ideology behind the photograph is  crucial. Taking into consideration cultural ideal of females remaining anonymous and hidden, Gula’s piercing gaze of anger towards Curry is understood. After all, he is capturing her identity which opposes the local ideology. Images can be influenced by multiple bodies, not just the artists. Local community’s, the cultures and the artists ideology should all be taken into consideration.

960932_e31633311213401eb45178258d4e926eCurry, Steve. Sharbat Gula. Digital image. Steve Curry. National Geographic, Dec. 1984. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

Reflection: I will use the paragraph above in my first draft. However, i will clarify the essay point and expand the ideas more in depth.

237.130_A2_W6_TASK 2_CONTEXTUAL UNDERSTANDING