s2art, Harbourtown, Melbourne Victoria Australia, 2009
I say academia because many would still assume that photography provides a transparent window on the world--it is a natural sign rather than a conventional one. Photography, unlike traditional aboriginal painting, does not employ a vocabulary or language of conventional pictorial representation. So it does not need to be re-translated by those with special skills and training (not everyone has these) to yield up its information.
This is the traditional view. Photographs just look like the world. We can see what a picture is of without having to learn any pictorial codes.
'Like' here is understood as resemblance: photos are like or resemble the things they depict or represent.
How are we to read s2arrs Harbortown. Does the title mean anything? Does it give us clues about the meaning of the picture. Is it about arrows? Is the photo a snapshot of a carpark? Is it about the formal qualities of the photo? Is it a comment on modernism? Is it a comment on the state of photography today, given that the tags say lo fi, low res mophone. Is it a social comment--eg., carparks are places for lost souls. Is it a comment about linear perspective that is seen as natural ever since the Renaissance?