If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how much is a picture of a thousand words worth? Sort of bends the mind, doesn’t it? But it really isn’t a fair twist on the question.
If a picture is worth a thousand words it means the story is so complex that words on paper (or the screen) can’t possibly do justice to the photo. One thousand words can’t begin to describe the action and convey the story. Only a visual will do.
How much is a picture of a thousand words worth? Well, that depends on what the words are, how the photo was generated, and what story the words tell.
Take these two photos for example. The first is a picture of me; a simple photo in a field of grasses. To my friends and family, a thousand words wouldn’t be enough to describe who I am, what I’m about, and what’s important to me. To someone with little interest, as few as four words might suffice: just some random brunette.
But then I created a photo of all the words on my website, lindeebrauer.com. I used WordClouds.com to create the picture. Since I’ve been blogging on the site for nine years, I’d say it’s a pretty sound representation of who I am and what I find important.
In this case, the picture of words is a lot more telling about me—and consequently worth a lot more to me--than the picture of me. The words, and word picture, tell my story in a way that a regular photo cannot.
So, here’s my challenge for you and question to you: how do you tell your story, using only words? And how much is it worth to you to turn your words into a photo? Try it, and find out.
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