I'm trekking to No Ca in the morning (Wednesday). I'm teaching in Fremont this weekend. I'll be checking email from the road. If I don't respond as quickly as I usually do, please be patient. It means I'm either teaching or driving. I'll answer as soon as I can!
One of the things that people ask me about is my use of imagery. I have been keeping a journal since I was in 4th grade. In the past 14 years, I have kept one on a regular basis.
When I choose my imagery, I'm not only choosing 'pretty pictures'. I pick imagery that calls to me and that is symbolic to me. For example, you don't see me use too many images of men in my journals unless they are either actual family members or part of a couple. I mostly stick to pictures of women in all ages, stages, races and colors to represent me in some way. My other favorite kinds of images are:
to name a few things.
I have been collecting these images for some time. I used to make copies, but now I use the originals (unless I want to use front and back). I can always make copies of my journal pages later on, if I want to reuse an image.
The more that you work in journal form, the more you will realize what colors, symbols, imagery, etc... call and speak to you. It doesn't happen over night and some things you will grow out of (that's okay). You can create whole books and pages based upon the things that speak to you.
What are some of your images that you use? What is your visual vocabulary?