17 April 2015

Resisting Nepalese Temptations

The science of semiotics is the study of meaning making on the basis of signs and symbols, and the semiotics of photography is the observation of those signs and symbols used within photography, or "reading the picture".

People communicate through the use of symbols all the time, both consciously and subconsciously. A symbol is anything that stands for something else. Usually, a symbol is a simplified image that, because of certain associations in the viewer’s mind, represents a more complex idea. Symbolism can be a powerful aid in photography; symbols are tools for sorting information and drawing inferences that can permit the communication of complex ideas with just a few simple elements.

Symbols keep the viewer’s mind busy; they seduce the viewer to complete the picture, to improve the picture, to add meaning to the picture, to emotionalize the picture, and to fantasize about the picture. According to Alfred Eisenstaedt, all the photographer has to do, is find and catch the story-telling moment; signs and symbols are powerful triggers for that.

© Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, close up, street portrait, Bhaktapur, Nepal, Nepali lady, mature lady, ice cream, temptation, fun, symbol, travel, ice-cream bar, licking, mouth
© Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, close up, street portrait, Bhaktapur, Nepal, Nepali lady, mature lady, ice cream, temptation, fun, symbol, travel, ice-cream bar, licking, mouth
© Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, close up, street portrait, Bhaktapur, Nepal, Nepali lady, mature lady, ice cream, temptation, fun, symbol, travel, ice-cream bar, licking, mouth
© Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, close up, street portrait, Bhaktapur, Nepal, Nepali lady, mature lady, ice cream, temptation, fun, symbol, travel, ice-cream bar, licking, mouth





Robert Hirsch's distinctive categories of symbols, such as (i) colours, (ii) commercial, cosmic and cultural symbols, (iii) magic, psychological and sexual symbols, and (iv) common symbols, can be photographed in order to get the viewer thinking about what they could represent. All these symbols are not absolute terms; they all have multiple readings based on factors such as one's cultural background, individual beliefs, economic status, gender identification, psychological state, political attitudes, religious convictions, and sexual preferences. Based on their set of experiences, different people give different readings, and one's own reading also can change as one has new life experiences...

© Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, close up, street portrait, Bhaktapur, Nepal, Nepali lady, mature lady, ice cream, temptation, fun, symbol, travel, ice-cream bar, licking, mouth

























Street portraits with lekker ice-cream cones and other temptations in Matt Hahnewald's

08 April 2015

Ignoring For Eyes Only

Eye movements and eye contact provide important social and emotional information. Eye contact, a major channel of nonverbal communication, is the instance when two people look at each other's eyes at the same time; it is the primary nonverbal way of indicating interest, attention and involvement. This includes the duration of eye contact, actions of winking, movements of pupils and eyebrows, and the dilation/constriction of pupils. Generally speaking, the longer there is established eye contact between two people, the greater the intimacy levels. However, the customs and significance of eye contact vary between societies, with religious and social differences often altering its meaning greatly.

people, street portrait, headshot, face, eyes, headscarf, India, Rajasthan, Jaisalmer, saleslady, coquette, smiling, eye contact, mouth guard gesture
people, street portrait, headshot, face, eyes, Nepal, Kathmandu, beauty, Nepali lady, bangles, rings, eye contact, mouth guard gesture, dirty finger nails
people, street portrait, headshot, face, smiling eyes, face bandana, female construction worker, India, Ladakh, Leh, eye contact
people, street portrait, headshot, face, eyes, headscarf, face bandana, Vietnam, Can Cau market, market woman, hill tribe, Flower H'mong, eye contact
people, street portrait, headshot, face, eyes, Taiwan, Taipei, face bandana, cyclist, bicycle helmet, V sign, eye contact
people, street portrait, headshot, face, eyes, Taiwan, Taipei, face bandana, cyclist, bicycle helmet, thumbs-up sign, eye contact
people, street portrait, headshot, face, eyes, eye contact, niqab, Muslim lady, sexy eyes, India, Old Delhi
people, street portrait, headshot, face, eyes, eye contact, niqab, Muslim lady, sexy eyes, Indonesia, Sumatra, Medan
people, street portrait, headshot, face, eyes, eye contact, Muslim girl, Malay girl, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, mouth guard gesture, white hijab
people, street portrait, headshot, face, eyes, eye contact, Hindu saleslady, face bandana, pollution, Nepal, Kathmandu
people, street portrait, headshot, face, eyes, eye contact, Vietnam, Hanoi, saleslady, hiding, T shirt, Good Morning Vietnam
people, street portrait, headshot, face, eyes, eye contact, hiding, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Bidayuh lady, Asian conical hat

Portrait photographs about eyes wide open in Matt Hahnewald's
Flickr Album 2015-04b Ignoring For Eyes Only

05 April 2015

Admiring Dupattas in India

The dupatta is a long, multi-purpose scarf that is essential to many South Asian women's suits and matches the woman's garments. The dupatta is most commonly used with the shalwar kameez and the kurta, but is also worn over the choli or gharara. The dupatta has long been a symbol of modesty and beauty in South Asian dress.

It’s worn in many regional styles across India. While the symbolism of modesty still continues, many today wear it as just a decorative accessory. There is no single way of wearing the dupatta, and as time evolves and fashion modernizes, the style of the dupatta has also evolved. The dupatta is traditionally worn across both shoulders and around head. The material for the dupatta varies according to the suit.

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When entering a mosquedargahchurchgurdwara or mandir, it is the habit on the Indian subcontinent for women to cover their head with a dupatta.

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Street portraits of Asian people with their distinctive ethnic headgear in Matt Hahnewald's