Speaking 3 and 4

  • Posted on: 13 February 2015
  • By: dimikkio

Word List on Picture Description

 

Технические детали, как именно проходит экзамен

 

Kinds of pictures and perspectives

viewer

picture, image

painting

photograph / photo

portrait

landscape painting

worm's eye view

bird's eye view

Structure

foreground

background

in the upper part

in the lower part

in the left part

in the right part

in the central part

in front of

behind

next to …

on the right

on the left

in the middle

from front

from behind

from above

from below

the second from left/right

Others

artificial light

daylight

subdued light

light colours

dark colours

loud colours

contrasty

vanishing point

vanishing line

Word List on Picture Description

Information on artist and year of origin

… (image) is a painting by … (artist), painted in … (year).

… (image), painted in … (year), is a work by … (artist)

… (artist) painted … (image) in … (year).

… (image) is a famous painting by … (artist).

Describing the scene

The picture was taken in … (place).

The photo was taken at … (party).

The picture shows a scene from …

It's an image of … (place, person, scene).

The picture describes … (scene).

The picture shows … (place, person, scene) from a distance.

… (place, person, scene) is shown from … (a bird's eye view/…).

You look at … (place, person, scene) from … (above/behind/…).

What can you see?

In the picture you can see …

… (position: on the left/right/…) there is / are …

… (position: on the left/right/…) you can see …

… is … (position: on the left/right/…)

Impression

… gives the impression of depth.

… (person) seems to look at the viewer.

His / Her eyes seem to follow the viewer.

The figures look as if they exist in three dimensions.

The viewer has the impression that the people in the picture are alive.

The viewer's attention is focused on …

To the alert eye it will become apparent …

The viewer finds it difficult to withdraw his eyes from …

The painting is vivid / happy / expressive.

The picture makes the viewer feel … (sad/happy)

The picture inspires the viewer to think about …

Intention

The artist mainly uses … (colours/forms/…)

Important elements are highlighted.

The artist / photographer / painter uses … to express …

He / She (probably) wants to criticise / express / show …

It is obvious that the artist wants to criticise / express / show …

What the artist / photographer / painter wants to criticise / express / show is …

What the artist / photographer / painter wants to point out is …

I think / believe / am sure that …

It seems / appears to me that …

The problem illustrated here is …

… symbolises …

… is typical of …

http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/writing/picture-description/vocabulary?02

 

Describe, compare and contrast a set of photos – Useful expressions

Similarities:

1. Both photos show…
2. They all depict…
3. The theme that connects them is…
4. Each picture illustrates how…
5. All the photos show problems which…
6. The photos deal with different aspects of…

Describing a picture:

The/Each photograph shows/is of a person/people doing something dangerous/taking a risk with their lives.
In one photograph there’s something that looks like a…I think it’s a thing for…

Speculating:

It looks as if/though they’re enjoying themselves. They must feel quite exhilarated/extremely relieved. I imagine/suppose they’re the sort of people who…
Judging from his/her clothes, I’d say he/she was
As far as I can see from the landscape/background the photo was probably taken in…
My feeling is that this picture focuses more on… than the other ones.
It seems to me that this image conjures up…

Expressing opinions:

Personally, I think…/In my opinion/view…As far as I’m concerned …/to be honest …
The impression I get is that…

Describing similarities and differences:

1. compared to…
2. in contrast to…
3. similar/almost identical to…
4. slightly/completely different from
5. (not) as (spacious) as
6. less (modern, luxurious) than
7. in a similar position to/different position from
8. Compared with….
….is much more ….than….
….is only suitable for…
9. In the first photo, we can see …, but the other photo shows …

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