Text and Image Photography

New Images Photography

Text Creates a Thought Process

Think about the location of San Francisco as indicated on this Irish parade sign.

When you think of moving text, the first thing that comes to mind is presentation software. Programs such as PowerPoint enable you to move text.

Now, when you think of the literal meaning of moving text, you have what’s pictured above.

The text makes perfect sense, but the arrows don’t. Creating arrows or mileage information on an image that has text moving leads you to an image that only makes sense if it is moving in one direction.

If the sign is correct (which obviously it isn’t) people who made it had to look at a map to indicate what direction the road of the parade route was, then draw the arrows accordingly.

Imagine if a car on the highway in which a newly wed couple lists the distance to their destination of their honeymoon as their final destination along with the mileage it takes to get there, it would have been calculated from a starting point. The information would register in your mind automatically that such-and-such a place is a certain distance away. Then, if you think about it some more, you realize that the information won’t be accurate. After that, you’ll come to assume that the the mileage stated probably is the distance from the location the person began his trip.

What this shows you is that a series of thoughts are created when you read text, thus making it useful in photos. Text allows you to create the question of what not only the image means, but also what the text means that is juxtaposed on the image.

When you find a setting that combines with text and image, you have to think about all of the meanings that the image can take on. If it were just an image such as a landscape wallpaper, it’s probably going to be relatively simple. If you add a sign with text, it becomes more complex.

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