Semiotic Theory


YouTube. (2019). Media Studies – Roland Barthes’ Semiotic Theory – Simple Guide for Students And Teachers. [online] Available at: [Accessed 25 Mar. 2019].



Symbolic Codes

Symbolic codes are images that have a meaning behind them, when we see these symbols we know what is means and what is refers. We associate difference symbols with different meaning. Over times will get familiar with these symbols because of the amount of times we see them associated with something.

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Owlcation. (2019). The Swastika: The Future for a Symbol of Great Good and Ultimate Evil. [online] Available at: [Accessed 25 Mar. 2019].

A example of a symbol is this image of the Swastika, the original meaning for this symbol was a religious icon in the cultures of Eurasia. When we look at this symbol we don’t think of the original meaning we think of Nazi Germany. Adolf Hitler made this the logo for Nazi Germany.






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Enter a captionStreets Dept. (2019). Student of the Game: A Streets Dept Oral History with Philadelphia Graffiti Writer Busta. [online] Available at: [Accessed 25 Mar. 2019].
Another example of symbolic codes is graffiti, this is rel event to me because I will be photographing graffiti for my urban photos. When we look at images of graffiti, we associate it with cities and urban locations. This is because there is so much of it in these location, we see graffiti every where.


Semantic Codes

Semantic codes are parts of a media product, when we see them we know there is some kind of meaning behind it, it isn’t just there for the sake of it. These have been used for specific reason by the creator.

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Designzzz. (2019). Worth Watching Examples of Urban Decay Photography. [online] Available at: [Accessed 25 Mar. 2019].
A example of this that is relevant to my product is this image. When you look at his image you see a bridge with some graffiti on it, the editing done to this image has a meaning behind it, it was done for a reason. The editing done to this photo has given it a dark and abandoned feels to it. The details and the clarity and been brought up to show to show the decay in the photo.



Related image (2019). Architectural Photography Celebrates Lines and Symmetry | A Man and His Camera. [online] Available at: [Accessed 25 Mar. 2019].
Black and white photography used in architecture photography can be used to make to photo more professional looking and interesting. The black and white edit gives the image a timeless feel to it. This is because we associate black and white photography with older photographs because that was the normal format of photography at the time.


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