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Connecting the Riverbanks

“Images [have] both denotative and connotative levels of meaning. The former refers to the immediate and literal information given off by an image, whereas the latter references the symbolic and culturally specific meaning that we read from the image.” ¬†~Finn


After our first impression is made of this image, what do we see? A city? A bridge? A river? When seeing an image for the first time we tend to focus on the literal side of it and it is only upon further analysis that we see something more, which is where interpretations begin to fluctuate.  Someone may notice the clouds reflecting the setting sun behind the photographer, another may focus on the contrast of the buildings, mixing old with new, and some, like myself, may focus entirely on the bridge as it connects two, once unsurpassable, points.

Regardless of your interpretation Finn’s statement reigns true, “images have both denotative and connotative levels of meaning,” and can be interpreted in a variety of ways.


a Professional and Technical Communication major who hopes to pursue a career in writing and or editing, and eventually reenter the world of academia as a professor. @kfidler

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