Week 5

Student name: Matt Hillesheim

Date of post: 8/9/2014

Topic and relevant lecture week: Selfies, Guest lecture

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Contextual information:

Artist – Ricky Gervais

Title – Selfie

Year of creation –2013

Dimensions – 620px x 388px

Collection/source – Twitter

Technique, material – Camera

Genre – Selfie

Style – Comedy

Image URL / originhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzT3cj_biwA

 

Content

A selfie taken by comedian Ricky Gervais with Conan O’Brien in a bathtub during the Conan O’Brien Show on live television

Analysis using Compositional Interpretation

Colour analysis

The image has high colour value and high saturation with rich intense colours. Hue ranges from dark browns and contrasts to the lighter hues of the skin and white foam.

 

Spatial organization

The image is very confined with the two faces occupying the majority of the image, being the clear focal points. The man on the left is the first focal point because he is perceived as being in front of the man on the left due to his shoulder being visible in front. Because the camera is focused predominantly on their faces means that their facial expression evoke the overall vibe of the image to the audience.

 

Light

This photo was taken in a studio with strong overhead lighting. There is no shadow or elements with low colour value. This adds to the humour of the image as the intense lighting adds to the context of creating the most unflattering photo as possible

 

Expressive content

The purpose of the image is to take an unflattering photo in an awkward situation (two semi-nude males in a bathtub together). The facial expressions are intentional awkward and weird in a humorous manner.

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Contextual information:

Artist – Dwayne Johnson

Title – Selfie

Year of creation –2014

Dimensions – 1024px x 768px

Collection/source – Twitter

Technique, material – Camera

Genre – Selfie

Style – Aggressive

Image URL / originhttp://dailywrestlingnews.com/crazy-new-selfie-rock-working/

 

Content  

A selfie by celebrity Dwayne Johnson ‘The Rock’ during a workout at the gym.

Analysis using Compositional Interpretation

Colour analysis  

The image features predominantly greyscale colours as seen in the background and the shirt Dwayne is wearing. Although Dwayne’s face is the focal point the red boxer on his shirt stands outs because of its high colour value in relation to the lower value of the grey shirt.

 

Spatial organization  

Dwayne Johnson’s face is the focal point as his skin tone stands out from the greyscale surroundings. When viewed the audience looks at the top centre first where the face is and goes downwards to his shirt then to the background landscape. The camera lens is from below looking upwards. This angle looking from below expresses masculinity and dominance.

 

Light

There are two light sources. One which is behind Dwayne that projects a low saturated yellowish light and one to the right which projects a low saturated whitish light. The yellowish light is almost like a sun behind Dwayne and adds to the dominant image Dwayne is displaying. The light source is not as dominant as the other example, influencing the saturation and colour value of the image.

 

Expressive content  

The expression on Dwayne’s face is an angry expression which he is using to portray himself as an alpha male who is dominant. He is attempting to make himself look scary and almost make the viewer feel like a victim who is looking up to him. This photo perhaps could have been taken to show him releasing his anger after a workout. Similar to the other example where Dwayne is not attempting to make himself look flattering, rather gauge an emotional response from the audience.

 

 

References

 

Gillian Rose., (2001). Chapter 4: Semiology. In Gillian Rose., Visual methodologies: an introduction to the interpretation of visual materials, (pp.69 – 99)

 

 

 

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