Photography in “Mass-Meditated Fantasies”

I found the section titled “Mass-Meditations of Feminine Colonial Fantasies” in Pickering-Iazzi’s piece “Mass-Meditated Fantasies” to be exceptionally interesting. The way the colonies were presented to Italian women seems like a travel guide or an excerpt from the magazine Travel + Leisure. “From the comforts of home…they could travel to faraway lands…enchanting landscapes feature vast open spaces, majestic trees, and lush fauna” (201). Even the native people are presented as a spectacle in their bright, exotic clothing. Curti likens this to a romance rather than a travel magazine but regardles–both are designed to take the reader away from their home to an exotic, faraway place where their at-home worries seem as strange to them as the people they are surrounded by in this distant land.

I believe that photography is a very unreliable source of information, especially when used to convey culture and the “realness” of any situation. Although photography can be extremely reliable, relating 1,000 words and describing things that are beyond language, it is also subject to extreme perceptionism where editing and angling can either make a picture seem so much ‘better’ or ‘worse’ to the viewer. Of course the photographs used to sway women into thinking of the colonies as a far away destination did not depict the suffering, helplessness, or disabilities of any of the colonized people.

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