I think visual rhetoric is one of the most powerful forms of discourse. There’s something about images that conveys emotions so well. I think images are, perhaps, the most primal form of rhetoric. I’ve considered using some animated images from a popular Tumblr, which popped up about six months ago: If we don’t, remember me.
I don’t know who is behind this Tumblr, but I think it’s brilliant how the creator has taken scenes, or perhaps vignettes, from films and allowed us to fully see the moment, to experience the emotion, and the primality of each line of pixels. I find some films beautiful narratives, and I find others total shit; however, in each film, rhetoric lives. It breathes, it moves, and it speaks.
This Tumblr has captured the primal emotion of visual rhetoric and forces us to look at a single moment in time and space. I think we should strive to achieve such enlightenment in our own lives.
What do those moments say to you?
Here are some of my favorites from If we don’t, remember me:
“Your hiding place isn’t watertight. Life trickles in everywhere.” Persona (1966)
“Dave!” 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
“At times like this, I wish I was but a simple peasant.” The Pink Panther (1963)