In today's crazy, technology obsessed society, a picture can most definitely paint a thousand words.
A picture in itself, is a powerful tool which creates a spark of imagination and creativity within the viewers mind. Without any text or caption, an image can hold numerous amounts of hidden meaning, creating subjective connections between the art and the audience.
During my week 6 tutorial we were asked to visit the website "100 photos", and from there choose pictures that withdraw an expression from within ourselves.
As I look at this photo below, many different thoughts and emotions run through my mind. With only seeing the caption and the image itself, my eyes are drawn straight to the facial expressions of the young children in danger. You can’t help but empathise greatly and feel strong pain for these young children as this picture represents the horror from the Vietnam War and the impact it had on the surrounding.
"The Terror of War" - Nick Ut - 1972.
Another picture that stood out to me, was the Oscars selfie (picture shown at the end of the blog). At first, I was surprised as to why this picture made it onto this website, with the rest of the pictures involving mostly historical moments, or tragedy. It took me a moment to realise that this picture is a representation of what our society involves today, as described as "a moment made for the celebrity-saturated Internet age". This picture is a "selfie" of many internationally loved celebrities including: Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and a few other famous individuals. Today's society is so technologically in train that this individual picture was posted onto the social media platform, Twitter, and retweeted over 3 million times, which is more than any other photo in history... incredible to see what our society is so obsessed by today!
As humans, we are very responsive to the visual as we are then open for interpretation, allowing our minds to explore and expand.
For myself and my fellow future teachers, pictures will become extremely useful and assisting whilst teaching the younger generations. Bright colours, textures, patterns open up a whole new space for children to explore and for their imaginations to spark and create. This is evident, as Howard Gardner identifies seven distinct intelligences, within his "Multiple Intelligences Theory", one being "Visual/Spatial". This theory represents that children learn through images, and by seeing and feeling what is within one's mind.
businessballs.com (2009). Howard Garnder's Multiple Intelligences.
Howard Gardner (2010) Multiple Intelligences. http://www.howardgardner.com/MI/mi.html
OSCARS SELFIE: ELLEN DEGENERES—TWITTER VIA GETTY IMAGES, Bradley Cooper 2014.
The Terror Of War. Nick Ut. 1972.