“Words” or Pictures?

Posted: September 6, 2010 in Words

A picture is worth a thousand words. Napoleon Bonaparte

i have heard it spoken it and believed it for years. i am such an application type person that i am tempted to take a day or two or even three and use nothing but pictures to speak my words. i am actually questioning if that is what I Am is leading me in this direction for. With all i am learning about words i think i will be slow to speak and commit to such an undertaking. James 1:19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.

Tell me I Am, does the fact that i believe, and accept that a picture is worth a thousand words devalue words? Am i missing out on something in relationships if i am more eyes than ears? Am i perpetuating the downward trend of relationships? It seems to me that words spoken, face to face have the most value. Next to that would be words spoken via the phone or some other device. Then would come the written words. Bringing up last place would be a picture. i say all that but it’s not how i live it.

First off, do pictures always send the right or complete meaning? The picture below comes to mind so i posted it in this blog. i know the message i want it to potray, but will it? i can think of what several people may think i’m saying and they would be wrong… or would they? i know that words can have more than one meaning AND… there is that word perception that creeps back into play. i have never heard of Ansel Adams before today but i think i can agree with his statement which i posted below alongside the picture.

Since i have this photo in todays blog, i’ll throw it out into “data land” and see if anyone cares to comment on what they think i might be trying to say. Those who know me have an obvious advantage, but let’s see how detailed you can get.

When words become unclear,

I shall focus with photographs.

When images become inadequate,

I shall be content with silence.
Ansel Adams

It would seem that Ansel says my exercise is futile. “A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.” Ansel Adams

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Comments
  1. ann marie peterson says:

    Most I think would look at the jeans and say 20 something fashion trend although it’s reached far beyond 20 somethings, I
    even have a pair. But knowing you as I do you might want to represent a generation that is wearing out it’s jeans in the knees because they are seeking God in prayer!

  2. wayne thorn says:

    I think this depicts that what you see on the outside is not always what is on the inside.

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