Understanding “the self”, as well as the changing nature of imagining and identity imaging through ideology and context is important as it develops in depth knowledge about the content and the meaning implied. Mirzeoff puts into perspective how identity is imposed on the body, e.g. gender. As the self-portrait evolves from just a painting capturing a person to a means of identity expression, it also changes with the development of technology. The modern day selfie is simply a continuum of traditional portraiture. After all, how we depict ourselves and how we wish to be seen still remain the same, the choreographing of a photograph still presents us in our best light.
The representation of identity through photography.
This is important as it is a key part of us, it makes us different and unique to our own. Representing and understanding who we are is key to living a fulfilling life. Through photography identity has been explored, whether it be race, sex, gender, or class. Photography as the most powerful medium has been significant to the communication and awareness of identity on a global scale.
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.
- Photographic truth (myth) – studium the truth function of the photograph vs objectivity through the artist and machine.
- Photographic fakery, from the retouching of negatives to the digital manipulation through the use of software such as photoshop.
- How photography has always been “inherently untruthful” – Osterman.
- Denotative and connotative meanings behind images.