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  • Writer's pictureJo Sutherst

Final Major Project: The Mask as a Metaphor

Marianne Hirsch supposed that in photography “the mask is a metaphor for the photograph’s power to conceal, for the frustrations of the photograph’s surface”. She goes on to say that the mask may also be seen as a “metaphor for the semiotic lenses or screens through which we read photographs, and through which the images themselves are constructed as objects of social meaning”.

– (Gane, 2018).

In response to this, my work considers how a mask conceals and covers our faces from view. On social media sites, we metaphorically wear a mask to present ourselves to the world in the way we want to be seen.  In reality, we are using masks to hide what we think or feel. We disguise who we are, and we use masks to protect our true identities.


Gane, H. 2018. Endlessly the Same and Endlessly Different. [online] Available at: [Accessed 10 Feb. 2018].

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