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  • Does a Picture Really Tell a Thousand Words?


    I am a movie buff. When watching a movie, I assume that the most compelling force one may feel is the power of visual images: the bloody scene after a violent fight, the first ray of light at 5a.m., the color contradiction between the sheer darkness and the dazzling light. Visual image is powerful. Visions shape our fundamental perceptions and arouse exuberant imagination.

    But can a simple picture be equivalent to a thousand words? I would answer this by telling a story of a picture. Among thousands of pictures I have seen, I remember this one surprisingly well. On that picture, a Bangladeshi boy is lifting a deer over his head in a flood which reaches his shoulder. He looks directly into the camera lens, eyes glowing, veins on his skinny arm bulging, soaked hair laying on his forehead.Besides the simple image, I saw something else.

    I know that for some people, this picture would just be another entertaining image they can see every day every where because these eye-catching photos have bombarded our daily life. They would not feel anything beyond surprise or admiration that lasts for, maybe no more than 20 seconds. Yet, for some other people, this image could be a start of a story or a source of a story. They are the people who dig deeper into their life, into the images they capture. These people would raise questions like: “Is this deer a good friend of the boy?” ,“What they may have been through together? Happy childhood companionship? Or even a Disney-movie saga?” For some others, who think more pragmatically, they may come up with ideas such as: “How did the flood happen?” “Where would the boy and the deer settle?” “How can NGO function in this kind of occasions?” For the latter two kinds of people, a picture does tell a thousand words. For them, the meaning of the picture is elevated- a striking picture would not only serve as a tornado, popping into ones’ eyes and leaving one no place to escape; for them, what transcends the power of vision is the power of thinking, of exploring the invisible information and evanescent inspiration. Skippers skip over the most extraordinary picture; these people can create a poem out of an insignificant one.

    A great picture is a treasure. Yet the treasure lies not in the accumulation of colorful dots that stimulate ones’ visual sensations ,rather, it lies in the story behind the picture for the people who care to see, to feel, to reflect.




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    • 赛区:陕西赛区
    • 组别:高中组
    • 姓名:杨家卉
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    • 学校:西安高新一中国际部