The perception or message received from an image is a topic worth debating. Throughout this book, these debates are acknowledged.
“Images are no longer just representations or interpreters of human actions. They have become central to every activity that connects humans to each other and to technology–mediators, progenitors, interfaces–as much reference points for information and knowledge as visualizations of human creativity.” (How Images Think, 1).
After reading this quote, I was reminded of the study of semiotics in one of my COMM classes. I took a Visual Culture class and we talked about how images are present in our everyday lives, not just photos we take but as signals of communications.
- Red Traffic Signal = Stop
- Green Traffic Signal = Go
- Cigarette with red circle and line through = no smoking
Images can either directly refer to something or indirectly. In semiotics, there are two ways that an image can exist:
- as a signifier
- as the signified
Ex: Red light (signifier), Stop (signified)
The study of images is very interesting to me and I feel like there aren’t any limits. I’m excited about the visual portion of this class.