the body

“In front of the lens, I am at the same time: the one I think I am, the one I want others to think I am, the one the photographer thinks I am, and the one he makes use to exhibit his art…I am neither subject nor object but a subject who feels he is becoming an object.”

Barthes, R. (1993), Camera Lucida,  London: Vintage. P13-14

The definition of ‘othering’ can be found online(Othering 101: What is “othering’?, 2011), it demonstrates an individual or group are mentally classified in someone’s mind as “not one of us”. “it’s sometimes easier to dismiss them as being in some way less human, and less worthy of respect and dignity, than we are.”

We perceive ourselves as normal, each group of us has our own culture, but looking at others cultures or people outside our group we considered them as ‘different. Not only culture, the difference could be gender, class, sexuality and religion to the body and human mind.

photographers keen on taking photographs of different people from themselves. They took poor people, crazy people through their lens, and people in different class.

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Nobuyoshi Araki is known as his female nude photography, He is one of person who is keen on taking photos of female body. Women in picture followed he and do any thing he asked for. Mulvey (in “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”, 1975), argues that in the possession of the gaze, male become active whereas female become passive. The other person who has been taking nude picture for his career life is Chinese photographer Ren Hang, however he takes pictures of both male and female.

Othering 101: What is “othering”?(2011) Available at: https://therearenoothers.wordpress.com/2011/12/28/othering-101-what-is-othering/ (Accessed: 25 November 2015)

Ortega, M(no date). Othering the Other: The Spectacle of Katrina for our Racial Entertainment Pleasure. Available at: http://www.contempaesthetics.org/newvolume/pages/article.php?articleID=531 (Accessed: 25 November 2015)

Zehr, H. (2009) Creating the “other” in research, photography, justice. Available at: https://emu.edu/now/restorative-justice/2009/09/30/creating-the-other-in-research-photography-justice/ (Accessed: 25 November 2015)

Barthes, R. (1993), Camera Lucida,  London: Vintage. P13-14

 

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