Words vs. Images, in Aperture’s Winter Issue

Im so glad I found this article. I started realizing the gift I had of capturing a million words per picture a few years back. The second my eye reaches a photo its like I can describe it soo many ways, My attention grasps and admires its beauty, then my brain drives to find a voice for this photo. It speaks to me, many photos do.. The world is a beautiful place to see and I want to share what I feel I see. A picture is worth a million words but just a photo couldn’t explain it’s justice. I love what I do and this is it. Ive always longed to get a blog and copy all my thousands of pages of writing somewhere public, maybe, and today I found I might as well. I ran into this site, which now has given me more sight to the world or words. Writers and the magnificent world beyond our imaginations…. Im thrilled

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Aperture_coverAperture, the venerable photography magazine, has dedicated its winter issue to an investigation of the interplay between words and images. Are we becoming more visually literate? Is our image-rich culture putting pressure on the written word? What do images accomplish better than words, and vice versa? Obviously, these questions lie at the heart of what I’ve been doing here at The Literate Lens for almost three years, so I was pretty excited to get my hands on the issue.

The question of whether images are supplanting words is not a new one. As the issue’s introduction points out, when Aperture was launched in 1952, critic and curator Nancy Newhall wrote (pretty damn presciently) that “perhaps the old literacy of words is dying and a new literacy of images being born. Perhaps the printed page will disappear and even our records [will] be kept in images and sounds.”

Technologies like Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram have changed how we communicate. Technologies like…

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Mindful Midnight Owls

The mind if a writer isnt easy to tame. Once this machine of a mind has its gears running, its hard to stop. Especially those who relate to the life of a night owl. They they up at night gazing at the world, with spontaneous thoughts, wonders, predictions, and ideas pouring in from any particular sight or even sound. They pick up on things surrounding that most people dont catch. They wait for something new, some spark of attention in the middle of the night theyll grasp those machines of minds around whatever it is, and just be mindful with the full experience. Like birds, they analyze and pick through their food and we as humans pick through our thoughts, perceptions, ideas and dreams just like birds. Figuring ourselves and our lives out bite by bite. Pick by pick. And once we find the goods inside, we write it down like its the only piece of food we got for the season of winter. Its prescious, the stories we find. The stories we find are golden, to us. 
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Amy Winehouse Stories

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Amy Winehouse doing what she did best. Photo by Yui Mok/PA Amy Winehouse doing what she did best. Photo by Yui Mok/PA

The death of singer Amy Winehouse in 2011, at the tragically young age of twenty-seven, was big news. I remember hearing about it and being shocked, and having a friend tell me about the “27 Club” to which Winehouse had the dubious honor of gaining entry. The name refers to the fact that many hugely talented musicians—including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain—also died at twenty-seven, an age at which many people are just getting their careers off the ground.

Four years later, Winehouse is having a cultural moment. A documentary about her life, simply called Amy, is on wide release and has been getting a lot of press. Meanwhile, an exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, Amy Winehouse: A Family Portraitopens an intimate album on Winehouse, allowing us to view…

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