Sunday, 28 March 2010
Friday, 19 March 2010
The name of the photographer: Daido Moriyama
DENOTATION AND CONNOTATION
When looking at this image, your eyes are immediately drawn to the person because of the leading lines. Although the subject is facing away from the camera you can tell she is female due to the dress and her slender limbs. Her position suggests that she is running which considering her whereabouts looks very painful. It’s quite hard to see exactly what she is running on. It looks like sand which wouldn’t be impossible because Yokosuka is a city right by the sea. Amongst the sand is what appears to be seaweed, corrugated iron and various pieces of rubbish have been scattered all over the place. You are given a very small portion of the surroundings so it is hard to decipher exactly where she is.
Through the image ‘Yokosuka’ Moriyama has shown another side of Japan. He has attempted to show that his culture wasn’t always as ‘high-tech’ as it seems to be today. We tend to picture Japan as being this ever developing country. One that is rich and full of possibilities. We aren't used to seeing images like this. The subject is running on a platform made entirely of rubbish and is surrounded by what look like large metal storage containers. When you think of Japan the words ‘ Tokyo, geisha and sushi’ all come to mind, not a filthy rundown area like the one in my chosen image. Simply glancing at this image wouldn’t be enough to tell its location. Which reinstates Moriyama attempting to show another side of Japan. It's as if the subject has been stripped of her identity because she could quite easily be from another part of the world.
On another note, the photograph looks like it was taken at night due to the high contrasting shadows in the distance. If this is so then it is awfully strange how a woman would be out in nothing but a short white dress. She's not even wearing shoes. What purpose does she have there? If she were in fact homeless then she’d be covered up a lot more, dirty and dishevelled so maybe she is actually a prostitute. You can’t see anyone else in the image but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t. This would explain what she is wearing and why she is running away.