Drawing Meaning from... something.


I thought I'd share some of the 'stuff' I wrote for Digital Media and the Still Image for you. On the one hand, I think what I wrote was complete and utter rubbish just spewed forth from my head, on the other hand, you could probably actually read some sort of meaning out of it. As with anything in 'literature' though, whether it's written or visual literature, I don't think there's ever a correct answer as long as you can justify it. Please keep in mind I wrote the below knowing nothing of the context of the images below.

Images for Discussion

Week 3's two images

I posted this in the comments of the post containing those two images:

In the first image, the photograph, the contents of the photo are centred and feel framed, drawing attention to the image as a whole and not merely to specific elements of it. The anonymous women photographed in the foreground of the image can be used as a direct comparison and contrast to the painting in the background. The photograph is in muted colours of tan, grey, white and black which lend to their unity and further reinforce this connection of women to artwork. Comparing the proportionate and detailed women in the foreground to the improportionate and abstract 'person' depicted in the artwork, in this way, the artwork can be interpreted as one which challenges what we think of body image or what 'proportionate' or 'perfect' bodies can mean. One could also interpret it as some kind of dream state, which is then framed by the 'reality' which the women are in, perhaps an ideal (no 'perfect' body) that they want to attain.

The second image is framed by darkness unlike the first which is framed by white. This contrast between present and past can be drawn from the differing ways in which the images have been framed, the present/future as white and bright, and the past as shadowy, where natural light has to be used for lighting unlike the even fluorescent lights we have today. It is uncertain who the women in the image are, but again there are two women this time, facing us instead of the other way around, and a child in a crib. In times past, this would likely have been the ideal and dream of young women, to remain pure and modest, to be married well and to raise a family and these women are accepting of and embracing this as the women dressed in white appears to smile softly at what can only be assumed as her child in the crib. This can be opposed to the previous image, where the two women seem to stare at their ideal through a frame.

It can therefore be drawn that this idea of attaining your dreams or ideals is one that transcends time, as despite our position and what time we may live in that may dictate what we can can dream about or that may influence what our dreams ultimately are, we always have dreams that we wish to attain. Yet, in each context, what they want to achieve is imminent, as their dreams are different and the way they will achieve it is different.

I found out later what the images are by looking at the file names of the images:

  1. The painting is The Acrobat, 1930 by Pablo Picasso. Photographer unknown...
  2. Two Women by a Cradle, 1670 by Samuel van Hoogstraten.

I can't guarantee my assessment of the images is accurate, but at least it was kind of fun extracting meaning from nothing. From artworks, I don't mind, but there is something about trying to find out techniques in advertisements that really irks me.