Recently I came across this TED talk by co-founder of Getty Images, Jonathan Klein. Jonathan Klein talks about how images have the power to shed light on understanding, to transcend borders, religions, and to provoke us to take action. It’s a powerful talk using powerful images.
Although we’ve used images as communication since the beginning of time, it seems that our use of images has increased with services like YouTube, Flickr and other image-sharing applications. The internet enables easy access to images through online museums, image libraries and image-based search engines.
How much more powerful and persuasive is a cleverly created film compared to a similar text?
Currently this advertisement is showing on TV; I think it’s very clever.
This year I decided to take up the challenge of posting at least one photo a day as part of a Flickr group challenge. I ended up creating the blog, threesixtyfivephotos, so that the daily photos and small amount of written description would have somewhere to live. Now that I’ve almost finished, I realise that this exercise has proved to be surprisingly more than I expected.
The photoblog has been a surprisingly rich journey without even trying to be. It’s like a time capsule of sorts. And best of all, it’s connected me in a personal way with people I would otherwise not communicate with.
This could work as an individual student or collaborative class project. Definitely. Just one photo and minimal written description a day.
I thought I’d try out PicLits: inspired picture writing.
PicLits.com is a creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire you. The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.
I wasn’t that pleased with my first effort, so I tried another one.
Well, unless I’ve missed something, the list of words is limited. Then again, I haven’t read the instructions, just had a go. I think there’s something to be said for adding text to a picture from a limited supply. The challenge is to work with what you’ve got, thinking about the position of the words, whether you want a sparse message or story, or whether you want a more crowded and descriptive text.
Definitely much to play with either in English, foreign language or English as a Second Language classes.
I almost forgot to thank Tom Barrett for this application, and if you go to this post you’ll find 9 other digital writing opportunities.
Here’s a dilemma. I wanted to resize my Grumpy Blackboard but could only add it by blogging through Flickr which means I would have to delete my previous post and copy and paste the text into the new one. All good and fine, BUT I would lose my comments. Wouldn’t I?? What do you think?