Anyimage can be read in the same way that a piece of text
can. Anaudience decodes, or makes sense, of the meanings
contained in a picture to understand its intended meaningHowever the same picture could have several differentmeanings for different people. Animagethat can beinterpreted in more than one way is said to be
(fromPoly= manySeme= meaning)
By adding text to animageit is possible to ensure thateverybody understands it in the same way. This process iscalled
It works in the same way that an anchor holds an objectsteady - in this case the preferred meaning of a pictureLook at these examples
Is it possible to understandthem just by looking at the content?
or could they have more than one meaning?Look at how the meaning of eachimagecan be changed bysimply adding some text in the form of a captionNow, most people read it in the same way - the meaning is
by the text.Year 8 pupils enjoypanning for gold onrecent school tripHomeless pair findwater to drink fromculvert after earthquake
This image is very
without text to anchor themeaning it could mean anything
Foreman identifiesfault in furnace??Practical joke goeswrong in horrific factoryaccident??What would help us to make sense of the image?Police mediator pleads with hostagetakers at localsecondary schoolDance teacher anxiously awaitsresults of X- Factor auditionHow many different captions can you think of for theremaining picture?WHAT HAVE WE LEARNT?
When you are looking at newspaper photographs, adverts, posters, bookor magazine covers you must be able to write about how theimagesandtext work together in order to create meaning
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