Subject Matter: What’s In the Photograph?

Mihaela Noroc: Analysing Images in the arts

Atlas of Beauty first started in Mihaela Noroc’s home country as a small project that was funded through the photographer’s personal savings. She fell in love with photography at the age 16 and used her sister and mother as her first models.

Begin reading a photograph by looking at the things in the photograph. What people, places, and things are included in the photograph? (Be sure to look right to the edges of the photograph.) List the items and group them (mentally or on paper) into logical categories.

Consider whether there are any activities captured. If so, how do the people or activities use the objects in the photograph? Is there a relationship between subjects in the photograph? Do they touch or look at each other? Or is there an existing order in the subjects?