Cultural Background Research: Bride Eyed & Bushy Tailed

As the article I have chosen focuses exclusively on Syrian child brides I thought that it was very important visually to the veracity of my image that the bride and groom in my image are wearing authentic Syrian wedding clothing. What i found when conducting this research was particularity interesting to me. I found there was a great deal of variation within the outfits worn by the bride and groom to their wedding and it was based on a whole host of contributing factors such as social status, wealth and historical setting.


Kurdish Iraq: Syrian-Kurdish refugees, Jvan Khaled, left, and his 18-year-o

In this first, and particularly compelling image, we can see that outfit wise, they are very similar to that of a western styled wedding. The groom is dressed in a black and white suit with a black tie and the bride in a long white gown with exposed head and neck. Although this is a very good photo for my research as it was taken from within a refugee camp, I dont know if it will be the style I go with as I dont feel that it accurately portrays the ‘poverty’ of the article — which is a key theme.


In this second picture we see a more ‘traditional’ styled outfit for the bride and groom. Although the grooms outfit looks fairly similar, minus the tie we see the brides outfit is quite different with her neck and head completely covered in a traditional Hijab. The white dress and black suit colour scheme is still the same however.


In this picture, also from a Syrian refugee camp, we see a slightly different dress code again. This time the groom is simply wearing a tidy white suit and black dress pants and the bride is wearing a particularly interesting white hooded cloak. Not to seem culturally insensitive, but the bride and the groom in this image definitely seem less wealthy then those in the two images above. Therefore I think something a long these lines would be an appropriate choice of outfit for my image.


This last image is definitely the closest visually to what the article presents. This picture is taken from a similar article about marriage and poverty in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan. However, although their outfits have genuine authenticity, I encounter a conflict of interests where by trying to correctly portray a poor Syrian marriage, I may fail to present a scene that aligns with what the target audience perceives as marriage. As the article is one from the NZ Herald, it will be catering to a more kiwi cultured audience that I could run the risk of confusing with my culturally accurate image. To combat this issue, I will address it further in a later blog post about semiotics and further research into what images associated with marriage are universal and cultural.



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