Gallery Twenty Eight – Using Symbols and Metaphors to Express Meaning
Quotes on Metaphor:
“A metaphor is not language, it is an idea expressed by language, an idea that in its turn functions as a symbol to express something.” – Susanne Langer, The Difference between Metaphors and Symbols
“A metaphor is an image that suggests something else. For instance, if I say to a person, “You are a nut,” I’m not suggesting that I think the person is literally a nut. “Nut” is a metaphor.” ~ Joseph Campbell, in conversation with Bill Moyers, What is Metaphor?
“Your psychological vision or “mind’s eye” (symbolic and metaphorical vision) is your ability to reinterpret, de-literalize and reframe the world around you in the most imaginatively meaningful, mindful, and autobiographical ways possible.” ~ John Kosmopoulos, Silver Zen Photography, The 5 C’s of Photographic Vision
“Visual metaphors are rarely as direct as verbal metaphors. Visual metaphors may be recognized consciously, but if they’re present, they are always felt.” ~ John Paul Caponigro, Visual Metaphors
You can use metaphors as a background in a double exposure image, or you can shoot something that is a stand in for something else. Example. I can’t tell you about my depression, but I can still take a picture of a landscape and have you feel my depression through it.
These links looks at Metaphors in Photography
Two Photos are due on 12.2