Looking and thinking critically about a visual text cannot be truly perceived properly without looking at the context behind the image itself. It reminds me of the quote –
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
To Kill A Mockingbird. Harper Lee 1960
This relates in the terms that you can never really understand a visual text fully until you look at the context of it, because without doing so you lack the ability to understand what the artist is trying to completely convey.