A picture holds a thousand words…

…But so does this blog post. The expression “Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words” appears in a 1911 newspaper article quoting newspaper editor Tess Flanders discussing journalism and publicity. This quote has been around for more than a hundred years and people still seem to believe it. If you see a picture, I doubt you would be able to come up with 1,000 words to describe it, even if you could, what does that accomplish? Unless the image is a picture of 1,000 words, it would be highly implausible to think that it is worth 1,000 words. In some instances pictures can mean a lot, in blogs and in magazines and many other articles, it is always nice to have pictures. However, you can’t simply put a picture without words and expect all people to understand. A photo is a visual, in an article it is an image in addition to the words written. In some cases it is absolutely reasonable to just have pictures and no words, but not all instances, and definitely not this one.

I have always been a fan of photography, I have always loved what an image could make me feel. For the next couple of weeks my main goal in leap is to further my photography and writing skills — I’ve decided to combine these into one project, because after all, a picture holds a thousand words… If it has 1,000 words in it.

[Author’s note: I go to the Green School in Bali, Indonesia, and this is where I have been taking my photos]

My first goal when taking photos was to improve my photography skills, my second goal was to get a picture of a butterfly. They were always zooming past me with what I assumed to be a fear of being photographed; always one step ahead of me and my camera. I am happy to say that since that day I have taken many photos of many different butterflies. Here’s a sneak peak:

Canon Rebel T3, 28–300mm lens

Another goal was to get some really nice insect shots. I decided that spiders were the way to go. Luckily for me my camera lens has really great zoom, because the spiders I saw on campus were huge and freaked me out.

Canon Rebel T3, 28–300mm lens

Flowers are probably the easiest things to take photos of, they stay still and humans are really drawn to their colors. The Green School campus has so many different and unique types of flowers, it was a real joy getting to photograph them. Here are my favorites from the past week:

Canon Rebel T3, 28–300mm lens

For the past week I’ve been going out every day, twice a day, with just me and my camera and it has been amazing. Since I’ve been at Green School (a little over a year), I have never gotten to fully explore the wonderful campus. I decided that in addition to taking photos I would take this opportunity to get to know my school a little bit better.

Canon Rebel T3, 28–300mm lens

I went out and took photos 3/5 (school) days last week, I got pretty lost a couple of times, luckily I found my way back pretty quickly. Coincidentally some of my favorite photos I took were when I got lost. I got this beautiful picture of a lizard after taking a wrong turn down the path.

Canon Rebel T3, 28–300mm lens

You can really see the way that the lens has the ability to focus solely on one object, it really makes me appreciate the power of a good camera and lens. Many of us (including me) use our phones to take all of our pictures, and while you can get some amazing photos with a phone camera, you can really see the difference that it makes.