Week 4 – Decoding and Intent of the work

This week we discussed Stuart Hall’s ways of decoding an image, and they are divided in three:  dominant, negotiated and oppositional.

I consider my work to have a negociated view, and at least I intent it to leave the message open to the viewer’s reading at the same time that I use metaphors and visual language to transmit an information. This way, it will reach different interpretations in different people.

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Here we are looking away, not to the camera. While we are looking and appreciating the landscape, another message might be part of this metaphor. I choose to photograph looking away to represent the feeling of displacement and the landscapes to represent the loneliness, the fact that sometimes someone might feel alone and small.
I don’t want to portrait only negative feelings, but sometimes they feel true even if for a specific period of time. The power and strength also must be represented, the resilience that it takes to start a life again in a new place.

 

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Here above I am starting a new group of portraits where I will be combining 2 images to create an image. I combined here a portrait of mine with a photo of a mummy that I took in the national galleries. I hear stories and get inspired by them as well, sometimes they are not my own experiences. Here I am trying to translate the feeling of social death and the difficulties someone has to integrate in certain societies.
This image will reach different spectators in different ways, and I like the fact that it negotiates with the viewer’s own culture and experiences.

 

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