Summary of my Image: Ruby Hirst 1320162

An analysis of the image you have created: The image is representing the topic of eating disorders in middle-aged women. In the actual image is a woman who is making the decision whether to eat or not. It may look like she is deciding what to eat, but in her head, it is a different idea. She is looking at the food on the shelf and at her shadow. Which one will she believe is the right choice? She wants to eat but her shadow is showing what she thinks her body looks like; this is restraining her from making the decision to eat. The food items on the shelf are a mixture of healthy and unhealthy. This adds to the decision and complicates it because she does not know what to do.

The intended communication objective of the image: By using semiotics, I showed the idea of making decisions. The idea of whether to eat or not turns into whether she wants to live a healthy life or slowly kill herself. The food is different colours depending on the health benefits. The healthier the food item is, the brighter in contrast it is. The unhealthy is darker in contrast. Her shadow in the image is wider than her. This represents her perception of herself. I wanted to explore this topic because it is not really talked about but it is actually a very common mental illness amongst middle-aged women. By talking about it, and getting the idea out in the public, people could identify these issues in loved ones around them. It exposes this secret that some women are keeping.

How you have used what was taught in class to achieve this communication objective: I found the ‘lecture’ aspect part of the class really useful. I wanted to make my image really meaningful so learning how to achieve this was helpful. Also, having the lecture slides up on AUTonline, meant that I could refer back to them when I was creating my idea. Symbolic meaning/semiotics is very important. It helps to create more than one meaning to an image. The use of colour can also create a meaning in an image and also helps to establish where the audience should look. Image placement also helps to establish where the audience should be looking. Researching composition helped me to understand what an image needs, to successfully show what the meaning is behind it. Image manipulation techniques were probably the most useful thing I learnt. It helped me understand how to use different techniques in Photoshop and helped me to avoid commonsense mistakes.

I found my idea very time consuming because I had to take individual photos of food, also cut them in Photoshop and then individually changing the colour contrast of each food image. I had to retake a lot of my photos because I did not have my camera set to the raw image setting and some were out of focus.


Top 5 Comments

lenavisualcomm: Concept Thumbnails

I really Like these ideas. I agree what has been stated previously in the comments, you may not be allowed to use the social media icons because it would be against copyright regulations. But you could draw them and change them very slightly so they are different enough but the audience still knows what social media icons they are.

vitamorrison: Concept Thumbnails

Hey Vita!
I love the idea of having a ‘wet’ food to show the bacteria. It would really bring out the importance of what you are showing! I like the sandwich idea! It could show the contrast of the different types of food in the sandwich quite well. Definitely have some bugs in there too! Make it as disgusting as possible ;).


lenavisualcomm: Communication objectives

Really good article choice! I like the idea of showing the negatives in this age level. Your image could show what it is like for a child to start off with technology at the age of 2 years old and how in time (preadolescent) has shaped them to who they are.


josh.eds | vis.comm: Communication Objectives

I really like the communication objectives. It would be really affective to show images of people with the virus and how it has changed them overtime. Maybe start with a healthy person unaware of the affects of the virus and then slowly transition into the same person who is now aware of the virus because they have it.

katehobbs2015: Source Photos

Love Love Love this idea and cannot wait to see how it turns out! I like the idea of having the layers of technology, I think that shows a really good symbolic meaning of having these thing within the generations. I was wondering how the final image will look? It would be cool to have them all standing next to each other in height and age order. This could really enhance the meaning of the different steps in life. Really awesome stuff 🙂


I have chosen this article about Bulimia in women because it is a common illness but it is not openly spoken about. A lot of people are aware of eating disorders in teenage girls but it is actually becoming more common in middle aged women. I want to make my image raw so that the message of Bulimia is easily shown. So many ideas are already jumping at me. I cannot wait to start producing my own concepts.