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Many artists poets and writers alike over the years have attempted to encapsulate an image of Australia in their works Two of the most famous Australian works - Max Dupains Sunbather and Dorothea Mackellars My Country have achieved this in differing yet equally effective ways They have done this through a number of ways such as emphasizing the relationships between the author responder and context and using language forms and features which shape its meaning and influence responses The first text that will be discussed is Max Dupains photograph - Sunbather This photograph is a powerful yet simple image that conveys aspects of the Australian climate attitude and culture through the person composition and colour In Sunbather we cannot see the subjects facial expression however from their body language and pose we are aware that he is relaxed This relaxed look is the first way in which the text displays the Australian cultural ideals of relaxation and leisure The body is wet as it has just left the water and is partially naked This lack of clothing suggests a calm casual viewpoint The figure is not making eye contact with us and this prompts us to consider the stereotypes of what an Australian looks like By not displaying the face we make our own mind up as to what encompasses an Australian based on more than just facial image On a second level because has no face he can be anyone every Australian He can represent everyone because he has no individuality himself These elements used to represent the person in the photograph reflect what Australia and Australian people are like The sunbathing figure is the focal point of the photograph representing how the Australian image and people are a vital part of our culture and heritage This focus on the body is a representation of Australia rather than of the mans individuality The body is muscular and represents the active characteristic
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