How Does A Picture Speak One Thousand Words? Essay

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A picture can speak one thousand words through many different texts. It doesn’t mean that a picture speaks one thousand words exactly. However it simply means that a picture can speak one thousand words through many semiotic codes, through many different representations, and through your attitudes values and beliefs. In every picture or text there are three different readings that can be possibly made. These include intended, alternative and resistant readings. These three readings are individual understandings, for everyone reads things differently, due to our attitudes, values and beliefs. Our attitudes values and beliefs are the understandings we get from the way we were brought up. So we read things differently due to our understandings that we acquainted, as we were children. Semiotic codes are pictures, symbols and colours that are shown or hidden within other pictures and symbols. They influence the way we read a text and therefore how a picture speaks one thousand words. Many pictures have semiotic codes. Take Picasso’s picture of the ‘Weeping Woman’ for example. It has many colours and symbols within it. Colours mostly show moods and feelings. Take the green in the woman’s face and hair. The green could possibly show that she was feeling sick, disgusted or jealous. The purple could possibly show that she was feeling envious, nervous or wealthy. Symbols mostly show identities, and gestures. The way her face is constructed could possibly show that she was disfigured, puzzled or confused and conflicting with her own identity. If you didn’t know who Picasso was, or you didn’t realise what his feelings and representations were, you would probably think that he was a simplistic painter, and his paintings were overrated texts which held no meaning, and thus did not create anything amazing or spectacular at all. However, if you did know who
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