Photographic Language

Published August 21, 2011 by ABadKitten

A picture speaks volumes; a pictures says a thousand words; a picture is the view out of the eyes of its captor. All very true. Every picture tells a tale, some relevant, some heart-felt, some stupid…but all the same, there is a story there.

I’ve seen plenty of pictures that I haven’t like all that much, though I still have a hard time looking away from them. I dislike them, but they are still beautiful to me. Does that make sense? Maybe it’s not my absolute idea of beauty, but it’s beauty all the the same. There are so many different ways to view beauty and so many different way something can be beautiful, even if it’s hard to tell which way and how.

I’ve always been in love with the mere fact that we have the ability to capture a single moment with the flick of a wrist, able to hold on to it and look upon it when ever we please. I’ve also always been in love with the fact that that single moment will speak something different to each and every person that views it. That in itself is beautiful, isn’t it? It doesn’t matter what that voice whispers or what feeling it may spark. It’s the fact, the simple fact, that it does.

I recall someone’s blog on here…unfortunately I’ve been gone so long that her name escapes me…but she had the wonderful idea of posting pictures every few days as “writing prompts”. I participated frequently even though I rarely posted what I wrote, though it didn’t really matter. What I enjoyed more was reading the different responses of those who did post. They came as stories, poems, one-liners…each and everyone representing a different message and/or thought. That’s what art is, and that’s what I love about it.

Pictures, paintings, books, articles, music…I don’t know what I would do without them. It’s not even the physical thing, it’s not being able to look at or hold them. It’s the fact that they inspire and they speak things. Like, for instance, I can look at a picture one day and a thought will pop into my head. The next day, I’ll look at the same picture and smile at a completely different thought. It’s mystifying…and I love it.

Next time you look at a picture don’t just look at it. I mean really, really look at it. Think: What does it say to you? Then imagine…what will it say to the next person who sees it?

(Le Source)







6 comments on “Photographic Language

  • A pictue such as the one you have there is the best of  “writing prompts”. I have story in my mind that came from looking at a few years of profile pictures of a friend. After looking at them I asked her is what went went their my head things she never said were true of just my wild imagination set of by those pictures. She said I was right, that I knew what she never would say all from those pictures

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