1000 Words Worth


“A picture is worth a thousand words” is an English language-idiom. It refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image or that an image of a subject conveys its meaning or essence more effectively than a description does

This saying was invented by an advertising executive, Fred R. Barnard. To promote his agency’s ads he took out an ad in Printer’s Ink in 1921 with the headline “One Look Is Worth a Thousand Words” and attributed it to an ancient Japanese philosopher.

This series will examine that very thing – …

Some look at an image and see only the image itself, others look at the same image and see something else and others still can look at an image and see a completely different picture unfolding into a journey, a memory a story to be told. I have often pondered on this topic, a picture is worth a thousand words … but what words?

Some see the different hues, the colours, others see the details, some again see very specific things as the image talks to them in a different language – there is of course truth to it, it is down to individual reflective interpretation and of course imagination. An artist standing before their blank canvas looking at a scene in which they wish to paint will capture the moment before their eyes, and yet if you had, two, three or more artists each one would and could paint the scene very differently – different brush strokes, a softer hue or tone from their palette  … that is of course the beauty of creation, of being unique.

Poets and writers alike can see an image before them and write about it differently to the next.

Each week l shall post a different image, and each week l would like you to tell me what you see …

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