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Thursday
Jun022011

Synecdoche Creativity

Synecdoche -  from Greek synekdoche (συνεκδοχή), meaning "simultaneous understanding", a figure of speech in which a part is used to represent the whole or the whole for a part .

We all like to lump common things together and use one word to describe them as a whole. If I walk into a dining facility in certain southern areas of the United States and order a "Coke," I could be referring to any beverage with carbonation. This is acceptable even though the true meaning of the word "Coke" refers to the trademarked beverage over 100 years old. 

This same principle applies to the adjective "creative." When a person sees the world around them and interprets their surroundings in their own distinct way, they are described as "creative." But when you hear that a certain person is creative, you do not necessarily know what they have accomplished in order to be classified in this manner. Do they mold objects out of clay? Do they put words on paper? 

Now, take a step back. Can people be creative through other people's interpretations? Can one person's creation spring another person's creativity? This is answered (and clarified) by the short documentaries titled "Picture Perfect", produced by Incase and VBS.TV. These 15 - 20 minute videos are beautiful productions highlighting the work and inspirations of photo journalists from all over the world. 

In essence, the creativity from the photo journalists in "Picture Perfect" inspired Incase and VBS.TV to produce these films, which, in turn, inspired me to write this article.

 

 

Watch more videos on Incase's YouTube channel.

 

Picture Perfect | Age 5 | Worldwide

If a photograph of this article is taken while both videos are played simultaneously, during a full moon, after the vernal equinox, the closest radio will start playing the original score to "Being John Malkovich."

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