Are You Rea?
I found this image from the 60 from the 60s exhibit at the George Eastman House to be particularly interesting and demonstrate many concepts from, Practices of Looking by Marita Sturken and Lisa Cartwright.
When I first saw this image, I immediately thought of the X ray section of Practice of Looking. Sturken and Cartwright describe scientific images as “providing the capacity to see the truths that are not available to the human eye.” Rather than looking inside to gather images of bones, we are looking inside to see the truth about the girl that we cannot see from the outside.
In the image you can see the text has been cut off. I would assume the text says ARE YOU REAL. The X ray like photo leaves the viewer to answer is this person real? Is what on the outside the same as the inside? Although the over lapping images are difficult to determine (to me at least, I think I see a lamp) they are beneficial for creating a strong sense of the meaning of the image. (Are You Rea?)
An additional concept from Practices of Looking in that can be applied to this image is gender portrayal. The girl has her shirt open showing her bra. Is the somewhat nakedness of the girl to show inside her? Or to portray her (or women in gender) in a sexual manner? This also leads me to wonder if the image of the girl is supposed to be seen as an individual or as a subject? I am interested to continue a discussion to hear what others individual interpretations are!