Commentary On Ways Of Seeing By Berger

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Berger taught me a lot of things while reading "Ways of Seeing." The biggest thing that really stuck to me is the difference between naked and nude. Before reading this book, I thought naked and nude were the exact same thing. Berger made me realize that they have two different meanings. Nude is when you are looking at someone as an object, not as a person. Naked is someone who doesn't have any clothes on. This definition provided by Berger really made me understand that everything that you see, may not be what it actually is. The first photo I present is a Victoria Secret model. I think that this woman is naked. The photographer wanted to have this woman be a front-and-center piece of labeling their brand. Victoria Secret wants the audience …show more content…
With Rihanna, I would speculate that the photographer is a female because of the fact the photo is focusing on the product and her face. One thing that I noticed were the same between the two photos are that their mouths are open in the same way. Both are posing for the camera and the brand. Both of the photos have very little emotion in their faces. It appears to me that it feels like they are almost forced to be there based on their facial expressions. Both Rihanna and the Victoria model don't appear to me fully amused to be where they …show more content…
One is posing like a mannequin and one is using their celebrity background to make the photo fulfill. These photos stood out to me which is why I chose them. The Victoria Secret photo stood out to me because of the lack of emotion and interest that was represented in the photo. It was like she wasn't interested in the photo shoot. I chose the Cover Girl magazine because I had never really seen Rihanna in any particular ad before and I was instantly comparing this one to the Victoria Secret photo and felt it would be great because of how opposite but alike they are. To sum of everything, Ways of Seeing has taught me a lot of valuable lessons to use later in life. Before reading this book, I never thought of it being a difference between naked and nude. I view pictures that are nude in a much different way than what I did before. Now, I ask myself are the women nude or naked each time. John Berger is someone I look up to and cherish is ways and views of thinking and seeing. He has opened my mind into a new spectrum that I never thought I would be able to see

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