My mom always told me as a child, “You can be anything you want to be if you set your mind to it.” Never has her statement seemed more true than now. With the rapidly evolving technology and our increasingly individually minded society, our possibilities seem endless. On Instagram, I’m a photographer. On YouTube, I’m a videographer. On Twitter, I’m a microblogger who can also easily showcase her photography or videography skills. You get the picture.
If you’re a John Green fan, you’re likely already familiar with this shirt and slogan, “Ceci n’est pas une pipe,” translated in English as “This is not a pipe.” This depiction of a pipe was first created by Belgian Surrealist artist Rene Magritte, who painted a picture of a pipe with the above slogan scripted below the picture. He created this painting to emphasize the necessary separation between a literal object, the pipe, and the representation of the object, the painting and slogan.
Now, this seems confusing. I thought the reason we as humans liked images and graphics was because more images equaled less reading. I guess that’s true in a traditional sense, but Gunther Kress and Thed van Leeuwen offer a new definition of reading in their book, Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design.
I’m an analyzer. An over-thinker. It’s easy for me to spend hours thinking over the tiny details of a problem or situation. Something as simple as ordering coffee becomes an ordeal for me. Do I really need this coffee? What flavor should I get? Hot or cold? The possibilities are endless.
I wake up every single morning with a challenge, two challenges actually. First, I never want to leave my warm bed. However, I (usually) overcome this problem of laziness and decide to begin my day. This is when challenge two begins: how to get from my lofted bed, 10 feet off the ground, to the floor. I have a couple options, none of which are ideal. I can climb down the slippery steps that are positioned way too far apart, risking falling. Or I can jump, intentionally falling.