Storytelling through Image: Context, Culture, and Connotation

This week, we’re learning about creating messages through images. As opposed to video, this type of communication relies on conveying its entire story through a still image, although each piece may consist of many cohesive parts. A series that caught my attention recently was a group of posters based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. As a huge fan myself, it’s not difficult to see why. The link has the post on Tumblr that I found them at. Credit to the artist is given and attached there.

I think these pieces are wonderful for many reason. Each displays a series of images that is pertinent in special and unique ways to each part of the novels’ story lines. In the first image, we see that the artist has chosen to portray not only one of the key locations to the origin of the Lord of the Rings narrative, the Shire (home of the Hobbits), but also the silhouettes of the party called “Fellowship of the Ring”. Not only does this indicate images that are directly associated with the story in the first book, but also captures the over-arching them of a journey and an imposing adventure. This is just one example of how images can powerfully create their own stories using the images they provide (or lack) and their cultural connotation.


One thought on “Storytelling through Image: Context, Culture, and Connotation

  1. meaganmthornton February 28, 2015 / 4:27 am

    Hey there,

    You forgot to put a name on this post and your link is broken, but other than that I like what you’re saying here. I think I’ve seen these posters before, and I like the idea of how they tell both the individual story in the poster, and the overarching story arc of the Lord of The Rings series.

    ~Alexander Lewandowski


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