I hope this topic belongs in this forum, otherwise mods please move to chit chat...
I'm making some photoless (artjournal) layouts where I visually want to tell a story. While looking for elements/symbols that represent that story, I also wanted to have something that represents myself. I was thinking of a female figure, for instance a silhouette of some kind. But the pictures that I already had in my stash did'nt speak to me because they do'nt look like me. Most of them were of young tall thin white women with long straight hair.
Now I could start a google search for clip art of 40 something year old short curvy black women with short curly hair. But then I thought, if I want to represent my house in a layout I don't need an element that is an appartment building with the exact same size, number of floors. I need a square with some windows in it, and on top of that a triangle with a chimney on it. A symbol of "a" house. It is important that the symbol that I choose conveys the meaning I contribute to it and fits visually in my layout, not whether it's an actual representation.
So why would I need a picture of a 40 something short curvy black woman with short curly hair, if what I'm looking for is a symbol of me? So I started to ask myself some questions and I thought I would post them here and perhaps spark a discussion. This is purely about identity, the things that you use to define yourself and are less subject to sudden change, contrary to things like emotions, events, accidents etc.
When you're choosing a symbol to represent yourself, is it important that it looks like you? Are certain characteristics more important then others? For instance: gender, etnicity, age, weight etc.
What about things that perhaps are more on the inside but are of equal of not more importance to your identity? For instance: religion, sexual orientation, health, profession, economical status etc.
Do you use other symbols then a human figure to represent yourself?
Is it nessecary at all to have a recognizable symbol of yourself in a visual story about yourself?
Shanti in the Netherlands, off to ponder...