Guided by Connie Imboden, explore the use of visual metaphors in developing nuanced visual relationships to create engaging and compelling images.

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Man gazing into own reflection in dark water
By Connie Imboden.

Aristotle says in Poetics: “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.”

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.

By Connie Imboden.

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.

All images copyright Connie Imboden.

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Instructor: Connie Imboden

Connie Imboden’s photographs are represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,  National Museum of American Art, Washington D.C., Philadelphia Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Corcoran Museum, Washington D.C., Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, France, Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany and many other public and private collections in Europe and the Americas. Her work has been exhibited in an extensive range of group and solo shows at galleries and museums in England, France, Germany, Italy, Finland, Spain, Costa Rica, Panama, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile and the United States.