chapter  5
Image as picture, image as debris
ByPhilip Kime
Pages 16

This chapter discusses the problem in terms of pictures as objects, as a problem of what pictures themselves force on us by their inherent assumptions. It turns to look at the picturing style of imagination and how this has come to dominate what we think of as imagination. Suggesting that image is better viewed as the debris left behind by a failure to capture psychology in an inadequate container. The chapter suggests that image remains important, but only as the bookends around a process which is essentially not imaginal. One begins with images and ends with them as the objects of a, so to speak, psychological archaeology. If psychology is imagination, then when imagination is finished with the retrieval or production of an image, psychology is also finished. The concentration on the contents of imagination is to imaginally act out a structure just as falling objects act out the structure of gravity.