Metaphors in Photography

We are all aware of how metaphors such as 'stubborn as a mule' form part of our spoken language. But metaphors also permeate our visual language, providing photographers with a powerful means of communication.

Derived from the Greek metaphora and translating as meaning transference, metaphors allow us to compare seemingly unrelated objects and provide a window or association to an experience outside that of the object's environment.

An image of a down and out farmer from the Great Depression tells us not just about the hardships of the individual, but of a whole segment of society. An image of a child ravaged by hunger or disease talks to us of the inequities that exist in our world.

Metaphors allow us to explore the Human Condition and provide an important connection between our physical and metaphysical worlds.

 

Leica M7 camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron-M lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film Leica M7 camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron-M lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film

Glenn Guy