Imgtlk is a small project where I ask people to write about an art piece that was important to or inspired them. This may be a photograph, drawing, painting, film, song, record, story, novel, poem, play, building, sculpture, garment, dish, equation, machine, algorithm, videogame, etc. It may be a thing they made themselves or something created by someone else. You can see a list of entries published so far in the archive.

The imgtlk logo glyph.

If you would like to participate, please send an email to with imgtlk in the subject line and:

1. An image, or link to an image, that represents the thing that inspired you, around 1000 pixels on its longest side (but smaller works, too).
2. A caption, if any. For example: Title, Author, year of creation.
3. At least one paragraph of text, or as many as you like, describing why the artwork that the image represents is important to you.
4. A URL to link your name to. I recommend your own website. Don’t have one? No problem. Don’t have one and want one? I may be able to help you set one up — get in touch.

This project is not something to be sold in any way and contributors retain full ownership of their work.


PS. Following are some definitions from Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, found via James Somers, that may or may not be helpful. Please feel free to ignore them completely.

Im·age, n. Etym: [F., fr. L. imago, imaginis, from the root of imitari to imitate. See Imitate, and cf. Imagine.]
1. An imitation, representation, or similitude of any person, thing, or act, sculptured, drawn, painted, or otherwise made perceptible to the sight; a visible presentation; a copy; a likeness; an effigy; a picture; a semblance.
Even like a stony image, cold and numb. —Shak.
Whose is this image and superscription? —Matt. xxii. 20.
This play is the image of a murder done in Vienna. —Shak.
And God created man in his own image. —Gen. i. 27.
2. Hence: The likeness of anything to which worship is paid; an idol. —Chaucer.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, . . . thou shalt not bow down thyself to them. —Ex. xx.4, 5.
3. Show; appearance; cast.
The face of things a frightful image bears. —Dryden.
4. A representation of anything to the mind; a picture drawn by the fancy; a conception; an idea.
Can we conceive Image of aught delightful, soft, or great? —Prior.
5. (Rhet.) A picture, example, or illustration, often taken from sensible objects, and used to illustrate a subject; usually, an extended metaphor. —Brande & C.
6. (Opt.) The figure or picture of any object formed at the focus of a lens or mirror, by rays of light from the several points of the object symmetrically refracted or reflected to corresponding points in such focus; this may be received on a screen, a photographic plate, or the retina of the eye, and viewed directly by the eye, or with an eyeglass, as in the telescope and microscope; the likeness of an object formed by reflection; as, to see one’s image in a mirror.
{Electrical image}. See under {Electrical}.
{Image breaker}, one who destroys images; an iconoclast.
{Image graver}, {Image maker}, a sculptor.
{Image worship}, the worship of images as symbols; iconolatry distinguished from idolatry; the worship of images themselves.
{Image Purkinje} (Physics), the image of the retinal blood vessels projected in, not merely on, that membrane.
{Virtual image} (Optics), a point or system of points, on one side of a mirror or lens, which, if it existed, would emit the system of rays which actually exists on the other side of the mirror or lens. —Clerk Maxwell.
Im·age, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Imaged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Imaging}.]
1. To represent or form an image of; as, the still lake imaged the shore; the mirror imaged her figure. “Shrines of imaged saints.” —J. Warton.
2. To represent to the mental vision; to form a likeness of by the fancy or recollection; to imagine.
Condemn’d whole years in absence to deplore, And image charms he must behold no more. —Pope.
Talk, v. t.
1. To speak freely; to use for conversing or communicating; as, to talk French.
2. To deliver in talking; to speak; to utter; to make a subject of conversation; as, to talk nonsense; to talk politics.
3. To consume or spend in talking; — often followed by away; as, to talk away an evening.
4. To cause to be or become by talking. “They would talk themselves mad.” —Shak. To talk over. (a) To talk about; to have conference respecting; to deliberate upon; to discuss; as, to talk over a matter or plan. (b) To change the mind or opinion of by talking; to convince; as, to talk over an opponent.
Talk, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Talked; p. pr. & vb. n. Talking.] Etym: [Cf. LG. talk talk, gabble, Prov. G. talken to speak indistinctly; or OD. tolken to interpret, MHG. tolkan to interpret, to tell, to speak indistinctly, Dan. tolke to interpret, Sw. tolka, Icel. t to interpret, t an interpreter, Lith. tulkas an interpreter, tulkanti, tulkoti, to interpret, Russ. tolkovate to interpret, to talk about; or perhaps fr. OE. talien to speak (see Tale, v. i. & n.).]
1. To utter words; esp., to converse familiarly; to speak, as in familiar discourse, when two or more persons interchange thoughts.
I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so following, but I will not eat with you. —Shak.
2. To confer; to reason; to consult.
Let me talk with thee of thy judgments. —Jer. xii. 1.
3. To prate; to speak impertinently. [Colloq.]
{To talk of}, to relate; to tell; to give an account of; as, authors talk of the wonderful remains of Palmyra. “The natural histories of Switzerland talk much of the fall of these rocks, and the great damage done.” —Addison.
{To talk to}, to advise or exhort, or to reprove gently; as, I will talk to my son respecting his conduct. [Colloq.]
Talk, n.
1. The act of talking; especially, familiar converse; mutual discourse; that which is uttered, especially in familiar conversation, or the mutual converse of two or more.
In various talk the instructive hours they passed. —Pope.
Their talk, when it was not made up of nautical phrases, was too commonly made up of oaths and curses. —Macaulay.
2. Report; rumor; as, to hear talk of war.
I hear a talk up and down of raising our money. —Locke.
3. Subject of discourse; as, his achievment is the talk of the town.
Syn: Conversation; colloquy; discourse; chat; dialogue; conference; communication. See {Conversation}.

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