WR: Photography and Art
"A picture is worth a thousand words."
How many times have we seen this one? Over and over writers see this and it can be disheartening. At least for me, it has been. How can I take words and create a solid image for my readers that's even half as impactful as a simple image? Would it be a waste of time to even try? Why can't I be an artist?! At least on the surface, this phrase can be fairly damaging when the philosophy behind it is ignored. I still sometimes catch myself in this state of thinking when scrolling through my art resources.History of the Saying
"A picture is worth a thousand words" comes from a paraphrased and twisted saying from Henrik Ibsen which originally reads: "A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed." He was a playwrite and theater director who pushed the boundaries of his craft into the more modern art movements of the time examining the more realistic and gritty parts of life that at the time were meant to be locked away under a facade. In time the saying was picked up and altered over many nations, languages, and years to say different things and make arguments for different aspects of culture eventually being modernized for advertisement generally attributed to Fred R. Barnard as he pushed for advertisements to be placed as large images on the side of boxcar trains.
Looking at the origins and history of the phrase we can, as creative souls who work with words, reclaim the meanings behind it and hopefully shake off a bit of the self-doubt associated with the modern argument behind it. I would even propose that we take inspiration from the original quote instead.
As people who work with words to inspire and spark the imagination of others it can be tempting to try and take this saying literally and I have seen more than one prompt asking me to write 1000 words to describe a picture which is not only shallow but leaves the writer feeling inadequate if just left on its own. It can also be tempting for us writers to rely too heavily on images. I know I have been tempted to look at my writing and say "I just wish I had a picture here to show what I am talking about." That can open up the rabbit hole of writer's block, and feeling like you might not have the skill to spark imagination through your work instead of inspiring you to get better.
So below you will find many of the art resources that I personally use and work with for all kinds of creative projects but also some of my personal, and hopefully helpful, tips and tricks for approaching art and photos in the writing space.