In the tweet that my classmate, Tina, posted, It really encouraged me to think. In this class, we have learned all about semiotics. In addition, we have learned about elements of composition in a photograph. I really liked this picture do to the multiple amount of ways that it can be interpreted. Of core, every picture can be interpreted differently, however, this one actually has multiple ways in which you can travel. What really dragged me into this photograph was what Tina had written with the post. She wrote, ” Which way Should I Travel”? This made me think about so many different things, which meant I must choose this photo to discuss.
In class, we learned about semiotics, and symbols. We learned that a squiggly line on top of another reline, can be perceived as a sign for a tree. We learned that a t also has multiple meanings. It can be a plus, a t, or even a cross. This picture is almost a metaphor of semiotics. It can be taken many different ways. Along with semiotics, this is similar to words. Do not tell me you have never read a text message differently than a friend has. There are so many ways in which one can interpret the same words…, which are still semiotics. Words and letters are still symbols!
Besides semiotics, this photograph uses some of the composition elements in photography. According to Rowse’s article, The 5 Elements of Composition in Photography, the elements are pattern, symmetry, texture, depth of field, and lines. I feel as if this picture did a good job doing this. The picture is not completely symmetric, but appears to be that way. The depth of the field is also visible along with lines. In this picture, there are the literal lines that the paths make, and the lines from the trees.
This picture opens up so much opportunity for discussion. It also was taken during a great time in the day. I love the amount of light within it because it is in all of the correct places. Photography was not just pushing a button here, because there is meaning behind this picture no matter who the person looking at it is.
It creates a sense of hope for me. It shows that you truly create your own destiny, which is another reason why I chose this photo. We are all college students and are faced with many decisions to make. I hate making them. It proves that by going to college we are creating our own destiny. However, the decisions never stop coming about.
According to Berger, “ a photograph is a result of the photograph’s decision that is worth recording that this particular event or this particular object has been seen” (292). I could tell that my classmate Tina, made it a point to take this picture. These kinds of pictures should be shared with the world. With words, it is easier for one to make their point. If you are arguing a side you can simply write I agree/ disagree with this and here is why. However, in a photograph it is more complicated than that. A photograph can make one think much harder than they ever have reading a text.
For example, what can one take away form this photo?
One may say that she is nervous about her body image, one may say she is reflecting her beauty. The possibilities are endless. This is why photography is so interesting. There are so many interpretations that can be taken. So many messages can be conveyed from one same photograph. As the viewer of a picture, you may try to find meaning as to why the photographer took this image. One can come up with all kind of reasons why that the photographer themselves may have never had the attention of. However, that is the beauty of it all. You never really know. With words, it is all so clear. You know the author’s stand.
It is sort of like reading a book that you are obsessed with. Finally, the movie comes out and you see the movie. However, the characters are not how you pictured them and now you are disappointed. With images, that disappointment never really goes away.
Looking at simple pictures is now different for me after learning these composition rules. I will see a picture in the student center of my college campus and begin to analyze it. That is completely okay.
“5 Elements of Composition in Photography – Digital Photography School.”Digital Photography School RSS. Darren Rowse, n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2014.