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For this project each of us picked one picture to analyse from both a denotative and connotative level while linking the three pictures though a common theme to make the analysis more coherent.

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There is more to the image than meets the eye. Introduction For this project each of us picked one picture to analyse from both a denotative and connotative level while linking the three pictures though a common theme to make the analysis more coherent. We used the theories on photography that Des thought us to look through photo albums to find images that appealed to us. The seminars gave us experience in analysing images and we studied various photography theory books from the library. The three images all come from different countries and were taken years apart but all deal with subjects that when analysed from a connotative level deal with entrapment in different forms. Robert will be dealing with a picture of children in a dump in Brazil, Michael will look at a picture of children in Vietnam and John will look at of commuters in London. Image 1 This image depicts seven Vietnamese children in Vietnam at the time of the war in the late 1960's. The image evoked a sense of pity in us for many reasons. The children in the photo are wide-eyed, innocent and seemingly oblivious to the terrible atrocities of what was happening in the country at the time and we felt pity for the way that these children are just as lovely and delightful as children in any other country in the world and that, therefore, they do deserve to live in peace and non-violence. ...read more.

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This creates strong light contrast in the picture. The in coming light silhouettes a large metal grid, suspended from the end of the roof. Form This light contrast is part of the form which Barrett (1996) uses to define denotative analysis with the equation ?subject matter + form = content?. It is immediately obvious that this is a picture taken from without huge amounts of preparation but rather an image capturing an aspect of everyday life in the city. The image is presented in a book called One Day For Life in which the photographer from all over Britain took photographs of their day on August 14th 1987 collected into five sections - the early hours, the morning, the middle of the day, the afternoon and the evening. This is important aspect when considering the form of the image. It is not shown in an aesthetically pleasing art gallery. Rather this is simply an image from everyday life conveying an everyday experience, i.e. commuting. Connotative Using connotative analysis we can gain a lot more meaning from the image. The picture is about the entrapment of commuters in their mundane working lives in the city. It is morning and they are reluctantly travelling into the boredom of their work, signified by the dark of the train station, and leaving the beautiful morning behind them. ...read more.

Conclusion

This contrast increases the possible connotations of this image. The image can be described as sparse in its use of people and objects, but full of intriguing connotations. Connotative On a connotative level, there is a powerful contrast between the people in the foreground and those in the background. Those in the background are visibly more relaxed while those in the foreground are working hard and have their backs to the camera. Another interpretation of this image is that the animals are competing with the workers for food. This would add to the difficulty and increase their frustration at working in such a harsh environment. The van in the centre background is quite ironic as, in the 1960s, that type of van would have symbolised freedom, yet the workers are real victims of circumstance, trapped and unable to escape their jobs. The image shatters the stereotypical image of Brazil; flamenco dancers, carnivals and beautiful football and highlights the hidden realities of Brazilian peasants. Conclusion We each picked one image and, based on our research of various books, we analysed the images separately and then brought all of our research together to compare our images under our theme of entrapment in different forms. This project has made us think more about the images we see and about the meaning that the photographer is trying to convey. When analysed from both denotative and connotative levels the three images prove that there truly is more to the image than meets the eye. ...read more.

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