The best way to get familiar with symbolism is to experiment with it. Below are some countries you’ve heard of.
Find objects or images that symbolize each of these countries. At least one per country and no more than two. These may be things that you find or things that you create. Obviously a digital image. No words allowed in the image itself.
Create a document (PowerPoint or Keynote, or if you really don’t have those then a Word document) and build a slide around each country. The internet (or your camera if you want to photograph something) will be your resource. For each object or image you choose, you must be able to briefly explain why it symbolizes that country. You need to defend you choices clearly in captions that go with the image.
Basic rules: Absolutely no flags, maps, pictures of leaders or existing national symbols, official or otherwise (avoid Sombreros, pandas, bulldogs or Big Bens, maple leafs, eagles and kangaroos). We are trying to go beyond the obvious and I want you to show original thought.
Keep your work from Part one handy, and add to the slideshow/document. Here are some more concepts to symbolize; What visual image or object could symbolize these things? Remember, no words in the actual images, just captions that justify the images. Again, go beyond the obvious. If you want to create your own image, that’s fine. But the key is to be able to justify choices.
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