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

the literate lens

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.”

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