The effect of how modern society creates hate and violence towards religion through racism and the outcomes of how they affect individuals. The main object of this narrative is to creative a sense of emotion through hands. A man going about his everyday life of doing his morning prays to then going for a coffee. This man is then put into a vulnerable position after he is attacked by a woman who then ‘greets’ him with an unfriendly gesture.
Form, Style and Technique
Form – the formation of these 5 pictures were to express the idea of racism in a powerful way. As everyone had their own ideology and concepts through the way they have been brought up it will be different for all. All pictures that were taken were landscape.
Style – the camera angles and techniques used were quite simple. At first we needed a close up and having the close up of the side of the hands worked as some audiences may not understand what we first intended to show. However going on to use the medium shot explained everything to our audiences. One of the rules we had to follow was to add black and white. We also had to add a caption onto on the pictures and add spot colour.
Technique – rule of thirds technique was and is the most important rule to use while taking our images. We must be very careful when using this as we had many other factors to watch out for. Such as lighting. We also used the technique of having spot colour. This was at first difficult as we had to use the right part to spot colour to create a bigger impact. We did spot colour on more than one image as we wanted the tattoo and ring to the major focus.
Concept, Content and Ideas
- We wanted to create a powerful narrative for audiences to decide on how they portray and perceive the five images themselves.
- Concept – concept was to use an object to portray racism and violence in a non-cliché view. We wanted to create a story as Watson, 2008 believes that any narrative given to us the producer is the ‘Story teller’. As telling the stories we are the main concept of ‘Human Discourse’ (Watson, 2008)
- Content – content put into the images were very minimal as audiences had the right to make up their own minds.
- Ideas – we had many ideas before we decided on this final idea. We first decided to do a narrative based around children and use children’s toys for innocence.
- Tattoo – the tattoo is representing Hinduism. The symbolism used is translated into ‘OM’ which means ‘peace’. We wanted to juxtapose this notion of peace by showing violence within the next shot.
- Engagement ring – used this as a prop. The stereotype of a engagement ring is supposed to symbolise love. However the opposite is shown from the woman wearing the engagement ring.
- Woman – I used a woman instead of a man to show the violence coming from because I believe the gender stereotypes which are shown across various media platforms such as women being secrets or victims (Watson,2008) to be shown in a male gender stereotype of being dominant.
- Postproduction – used a lot of blur to make certain areas stand out more. Had to darken the hands to make that the main focus and everything was too light once changed into black and white on Photoshop. Had sharpen the images for certain shots to create a more deep and harsh feeling.
- Theme – the theme of this project is racism. This is such a difficult theme to use as it needs to be done in a sensitive manner. We also had to approach this task sensitively as we did not want to offend anyone by using certain religions
Our intended audience are for those people who have an understanding of the world around them and who understand the difference between violence and peach and who have good understanding of racism. Also our intended audiences are for those people who enjoy photography and understand it in a deeper meaning.
- Our main influence for this whole project was Alfred Steiglitz. His work consisted of the object of hands. We loved this idea of how meaning and emotion can be portrayed through hands as certain ways of the hands are placed we are able to understand what the photographer wants us to think and feel.
- Our other influence was the theory of signs and signifiers. Theorist Saussure and Peirce (1983) believed that the use of signs and signifiers help us to understand the world we live in. We are able to generate ideas of what we see into concepts. The use of using hands helps us to know what emotion is taking place. Within the 4th picture we can see that the use of the nails digging into the hands are not intended for us to think this is a sign of peace however to make us think the opposite.
- Major influence, Sturken and Cartwright (2009), they believe that images persuade us into thinking a certain way. By creating these images we have not made our audience think a certain way however we have made them understand our way of thinking.
- Sue Curry Jensen (1996) believes that the media produces too much ‘maleness’ and there are not enough women put into a dominant role. This was another reason to use a woman for a dominant role.
- Laura Mulvey is one of the most significant feminist about the media industry. She believed that most women are portrayed in a manner where those who are watching especially men are experiencing the ‘male gaze’. However as we only showed hands in our images it was difficult for this theory to come about. However Mulvey also explains how women are mainly show in a state of weakness.
How we could improve?
One of the ways to improve our project would be to give us more time to think about all the different ideas we had in mind and editing the images was a little bit difficult because i haven’t used photshop for a while. We had to retake some images due to the fact that they didn’t come out the we wanted to them to.
- Mulvey, Laura (1975) ‘Visual pleasure and narrative cinema’ screen 16(3) 6-18
- Sturken, M and Cartwright, L. (2009). Images, Power, and Politics . In: Practices of Looking . London: Oxford University Press. 9-46.
- Sue Curry Jansen, ‘Beaches without bases: the gender order’ in George Gerbner, Hamid Mowlana and Herbet I. schiller (eds), Invisable Crises: (US: Westview press, 1996
- Saussure and Peirce, (1983,15)