….. now I’m using the language of design, semiotics – visual communication and polysemy – multiple meanings within an image. Having read Rhetoric of Image by Roland Barthes we are testing his suggestion that images have more than one meaning, that by associating meaning to an image we instantly unfold further meanings – polysemy, he also suggests that we chose certain meanings ignoring others. Barthes also says that once text is placed on an image we immediately “fix” the meanings of the image. Text is powerful in design as it can do two things, it can refer to the image but can also imply or suggest.
Barthes uses the advert below in his example,
the experiment has now finished its first stage and I’ve listed the results I received below each picture. In a new post you can read the next stage.
- Not sure about the first one…it feels quite strange looking at it as the brown and yellow are morphing together, maybe quite eery…almost like a face is appearing (i have probably been watching too much harry potter!)
- Baby monkey (bottom left) bird/cockrel (right) peacock (bottom middle) eye (middle)
- Chocolate and banana angel delight
- birth… the smaller repeated shapes of the same colour following the larger shape.
- Banksia nut – Australian Native. I love it!
- Reminds me of banana toffee swirl sweets from days gone by!
- something reflected in water?
- reminds me of a beach, the water meeting sand, i think its quite a calming picture
- Bacteria under the microscope, dogs head (blue) dogs body (orange) sheeps skull – two – one orange and one blue.
- this one feels invasive… theres harmony in the majority of the image but there is a dark presence looming
- reflected sky on water, with light glinting.
- Beach…water and sand.
- Beach…water and sand.
- like a woodland. Im not sure if i like the darker circles/blotches of brown (which looks like soil) but thats kind of to do with the holey thing me n lu have. I see the orange as a flower in the bushes.
- I really don’t like this one it’s too bitty
- Like a woodland. Im not sure if I like the darker circles/blotches of brown (which looks like soil). I see the orange as a flower in the bushes.
- This makes me think of wisdom, or a wisdom only the natural world could know. makes me think of the pagan green man?
- Spring…..newness…regeneration….like seedlings from earth
- Light through unfurling spring leaves’
- this one feels to me like the collapse of structure or the tearing down of flags. Political bloodshed caused by a disapproving national identity.
- I thought i looked like a guy with a blond quiff getting confrontational with another being!!…..No seriously the contrasts of colours work well and the blending and spotting of paints make the pattern flow…on a personal level I dont have a great love of these colours together?
- Colourful abstract….or a yellow Labrador dog,wearing dark green coat and red & white stripe scarf, with a ball between his front legs, having already dabbled in a tin of red paint with scarf and front paw…as a hamster that previously fell in same tin of red paint watches on. ( hope this isn’t for psychiatric analysis or I might be in trouble! LOL!) x
- landscape? I think the pink looks like a waterfall and the spray
- a random accident? i like it though.
- quick, broad, bold, strokes, focal red area…..’rage’?
- waterfall with a lot of splashback at the bottom, big rocks at the top, sock, eye.
- I love the last one, it feels quite old fashioned in my head and reminds me of a black/green top hat and a lady’s pink dress, like two people dancing. The pink also reminds me of a saxaphone, This one to me is really fun.