“Levi Strauss argued that an abiding structure of all meaning-making, not just narratives, was a dependence on binary oppositions, or a conflict between two qualities or terms.”
(taken from the ‘media students book, Branston and Stafford, first published in 1996, fourth edition published in 2006 by Routledge)
In this entry I will use the technique of binary oppositions, and then follow through and discuss each categories position, and where it is visible in the image.
Male : Female
Innocence : Corruption
Dark : Light
Care : Neglect
Good : Evil
Nature : Culture
This is a difficult process, as you have to try to make each category link to each other in terms of good Vs Evil, and such forth, although this is difficult it makes you think about all the possible links within the image.
To begin with I put male on the left and female on the right, moving on I based the next categories purely on body language and facial expressions, therefore putting innocence with male, and corruption with female. The black and white refers to the tonal qualities within the image, the youngest, the female on the left, has much light on her, where as the boy in the middle is covered in shadow. Car and neglect was difficult, with little to base your arguements on, it is hard however I looked at the Jessie interview for this and also then referred to the image, and after all I decided to put care on the side of male and neglect on the side of female. I chose this way round mainly due to the persona’s that were constructed by the poses and facial expression of the girls within the image. The girls look more powerful, and almost if they have nurtured themselves, and don’t need caring for as much as the boy, Emmett.