The 1,000 Word Picture

It is said that a picture can say one-thousand words. Is this true? Pictures represent a single moment in time – frozen, if you will, in a single instant. (Yes, this is a nod to The Day of the Doctor.) But, what is a picture..REALLY?

 

The 1,000 Word Picture

 

A picture is an image and, according to Wikipedia, an image:

 

is an artifact that depicts or records visual perception, for example a two-dimensional picture, that has a similar appearance to some subject – usually a physical object or a person, thus providing a depiction of it.

 

 

1000 Word Picture by Kyle Jones

A picture can be a noun or a verb as it can name something (noun) or describe an action (verb).

Synonyms include:

  • drawing
  • sketch
  • artwork
  • portrait
  • icon
  • painting
  • likeness
  • cartoon
  • graphic

 

A Picture Experiment, Part One

Take a random picture.  Any picture you can find – a photo from your computer, an online album, one found via search engine, or any picture.

Found it?

Study it for a moment.

Finished?

Now, answer the following questions:

  • How would you describe the photo in one sentence only?
  • What made you choose this picture?
  • What emotion does this picture evoke?

Here we go for part two.

Picture of Machu Picchu taken in the morning. ...

Picture of Machu Picchu taken in the morning. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Picture Experiment, Part Two

 

Now, I need you to find another picture; however, find this next one completely at random.

Make sure that the picture evokes no emotional response.  You can…No, you MUST be indifferent.

Found it?

(I bet this wasn’t as easy as the first time!)

Study this one for a moment.  (Just as you did before.)

Finished?

Now, answer the following questions:

  • How would you describe the photo in one sentence only?
  • What made you choose this picture? (Yes, you chose at random but what made you choose this picture?)

 

Experiment, Part Three

Take the two images and compare them.

Finished?  

Ok…a few more minutes, but just a few.

Ok…time’s up.

Now, answer the following questions:

  • How do these two pictures differ from each other?
  • Find a similarity between the two pictures.  It doesn’t have to be precise – just find a similar characteristic.

The Results

 

Did you find this experiment to be a waste of time?  Or, did you find it entertaining, fun, or enlightening?

The goal of this post was simple.  The purpose of a picture – of art – is to reflect upon it. To find meaning, joy, beauty, etc.  If you, at the very least, stopped to consider the pictures as outlined in the experiment, the goal is accomplished.

This post, like art, is open to interpretation.

 

 

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