Image As Story – A Checklist For Life

This image tells a story. It is more than the sum of its parts. I like it because it is a simple image but it can stimulate complex and meaningful […]

The Sequence of Life

This image tells a story. It is more than the sum of its parts. I like it because it is a simple image but it can stimulate complex and meaningful thoughts.
Some of the techniques used include:

  • The content causes reflection in the observer. It references life but does not describe it. Using reference avoids influencing or confronting the observer’s idea of what life is.
  • The simple and light style is clinical, a bit like a hospital, this has a “matter-of-fact” tone rather that including any sense of emotion.
  • The use of simple lines to cross out some of the “do stuff” elements gives a sense of time progressing.
  • The list format describes life as linear. it probably wasn’t drawn by a person that believes in reincarnation

There is possibly a cognitive dissonance in this image. If the author of the list is the person whose life is described, the clinical style of the list is extremely non-emotive. It describes life as a structure, a body whereas the importance of life is not found in the body but in the emotion, in the spirit. Cognitive dissonance can powerfully distract an observer from the story in an image but in this example it does not.

 

 

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