Translating Your Images Into Words

Posted by Angie Johnson on

Translating Your Images Into Words:

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Turning your words and your images into your own, paraphrasing each. What's in an image? It's filled with descriptive words. What's in words? They describe an image.

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Both words and images create a conversation between the two. When we see, we visualize images. Those images instruct us to create words and start the dialogue between the two. If you have a rich or prodigious vocabulary to describe those images, you're giving those images of life way beyond their visual intent.

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The conversation begins. We see; and we are compelled to say, even if it's within our mind. When we speak to ourselves those words bring up images. When we speak to others our words bring up images. Images thrive on words. All images carry visual thoughts and ideas that demand descriptive words.

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What is any form of art? It's visual and it's all about descriptive words. Words are meant to describe everything that we think or what visually comes before us. Our minds grow from what we see and from what we hear and what we think. Thinking in words and thinking in images is the most dynamic way to grow our thoughts and ideas.

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Consciously and subconsciously we describe what we see. The first thing that happens when you wake up in the morning; is the dialogue begins, and it stays with us until you fall asleep at night. Interestingly though as we dream we repeat scenes and we give them descriptive words. Sometimes they can become a nightmare, where the images overpower rational words. But then there are those dreams that are filled with images and loving words that provide us with a sense of well-being when we open our eyes in the morning.

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If you can manage it: it's a wonderful exercise in understanding who you are, if you can become aware of what you say to yourself when you see the immediate world around you. Everything that surrounds you is composed of images. We may focus on a single image like a cup of coffee, and at that point, we begin to create descriptive words invariably telling us something related to what we are seeing.

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Translating your words into images, and translating your images into words: why is it important to you? That's a question that ultimately requires you to answer. It's one of those questions that requires some deep philosophical thinking. All along that thought process, you will create words to describe images. You will create images to describe those words. Expanding on your thoughts and ideas. Those thoughts and ideas can be directed toward the growth of your own creativity. Creativity is the driving force that all humans possess, and when directed in a healthy and wholesome way the magic begins. After all, there would've never been a Disneyland, if it wasn't for Walt's ability to translate words into images and images into words. Look around you, life is filled with precious words and images, that for the most part bring joy and happiness. Celebrate what you see and say to yourself.

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"The image before me was overflowing with words. Back and forth the ‘argy-bargy’ began. Rod Jones Artist.


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