Analyse Martin Shield’s photograph of two young footballers . What are the denotations and connotations of this image?

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Connotation: What it tells us , implies and infers, may suggest a meaning . Cultural and personal experience will influence how an image is interpreted.

Denotation:What the image factually shows.


Two boys aged about 10 or 11.

Each in a different football kit and both carrying a football. I have no idea what team they support , if I had some knowledge of football I would be able to possibly tell from the image the area this is.

I should imagine they are on their way to a game as they still look very clean!

A run-down neighbourhood with what looks like some derelict buildings in the background.

The whole area looks very neglected.

No other adults or children visible.

They have opposing kit on they must be really good friends or even brothers perhaps.

I wonder where they will play football , the area certainly does not look like there is dedicated pitch for them to play on. I imagine them playing with make-shift goalposts in a derelict area.

Where have they come from and how safe are they in this area.


2 thoughts on “Exercise

  1. schirgwin

    It looks like Glasgow from the buildings, and if that’s the case, the teams are likely Celtic ( green hoops on white) and Rangers (flat dark grey, most likely navy = Rangers). Massively freighted with Protestant v Catholic baggage…


  2. Judy Bach Post author

    I have looked at the next part of the exercise & begun my write up — you are right it is Glasgow. Interestingly the image accompanies an article about the sale of council housing to a housing association , voted for by the council tenants. Nothing to do with rivalries , football or otherwise , not something I would have guessed by simply looking at the photograph.

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