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Reading: Investigating Image

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Images can give you extra information OR information that is not explicitly written in the text.

A picture is worth a thousand words after all!

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Start analysing the image by quickly looking at it to spot anything obvious as this may give you more information.


For example, what objects are in the image?


Some other things you may want to consider:

  • People
  • Lighting
  • Colour
  • Animals
  • Location


… and many more!



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Think about an x-ray and what they provide…


…if you need an x-ray, chances are you have an injury. However, whilst a doctor could have told you this without it (e.g., a broken bone), an x-ray will provide further information to show this.


This reference is a lot like identifying images. You can read a text, but images may provide more information, even without the text part.



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Looking Closer

After identifying the main bits of an image that stand out, start scanning for smaller details.


For example, if there are any people in the photo, are they:

  • Happy or sad?
  • How old are they?
  • What are they doing?


Scanning for smaller details will enable you to piece together the whole picture.



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Using Information

Anything you find from an image, creates a strong link between the image and the text.


In other words, you will understand the text more once you identify what the image is trying to convey.


Sometimes, an image will even provide more clues to what the text is saying.




An example of a social media post:


Today I went to the Lake District and walked up a huge mountain, taking us 3 hours. Afterwards, we stopped for refreshments and took some sunburnt pictures!



The corresponding image may include:

  • Friends or family
  • Sunny weather
  • Refreshment stall in the background
  • Hiking clothes on
  • Tired or smiling


These examples were not explicitly stated in the text, but provides extra information.


See if you can think of any more!

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Example: Meaning from Images

Take a look at the following text from a University website:


University is a great place for our students. We provide excellent teaching, campus perks and amazing opportunities. We look forward to seeing you on our open days! Book here to see the real-life dream of education.


Now, look at the image below.



What more are you able to gauge from this image?


Did you spot:

  • It is a happy place to be
  • Students work hard also
  • They may be university friends
  • Sense of freedom
  • Informal dress code
  • Young and Sociable
  • In a library or common room perhaps
  • May be a group project


Do you agree?



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