AUGUST 14 – AUGUST 18, 2023
The Visual Metaphor
LIVE, in-person workshop on the beautiful campus of Maine Media Workshops + College
“The greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor…It is a sign of genius, since a good metaphor implies an intuitive perception of the similarity in dissimilars.” ~ Aristotle, Poetics
Metaphors are powerful yet nuanced ways to communicate, and we use them more often than we may realize. We all recognize, “All the world is a stage.” As the basis of poetry, they are highly effective in conveying complicated ideas, combining surprising images, and making profoundly moving connections.
Metaphors are not limited to words, however. An intuitive visual exploration, seeing the similarity in dissimilar images, has the potential to create poetry, opening the doorway for reinterpretation and discovery. In this class, we will explore how visual relationships can develop compelling images. To create these metaphors we will explore various types of reflections and discover comparisons with spatial relationships.
This advanced level course will explore the use of visual metaphors in developing nuanced visual relationships to create engaging and compelling images.
Student work from Reimagine the Human Form in Iceland, Fall 2022:
Student work from NORD Photography, “Visual Illusions, Level 2” Fall 2021:
Student work from NORD Photography “Visual Illusions, Level 2”, 2021:
Student work from MMW Online Workshop “Illusions: Extending Vision”, Summer 2020:
Student work from NORD Photography “Nude as Form”, 2017: