Utopia: The word comes from the Greek: οὐ (“not”) and τόπος (“place”) and means “no place”. The English homophone eutopia, derived from the Greek εὖ (“good” or “well”) and τόπος (“place”), means “good place”.
Dystopia: from Ancient Greek: δυσ-, “bad, ill”, and Ancient Greek: τόπος, “place, landscape”; alternatively cacotopia, or anti-utopia.
Our second project, we must work in Photoshop to edit photos to create our own idea of utopia or dystopia.
I have come up with 5 ideas that are my own personal utopias. Some of which could be dystopias to others or turn in to dystopias myself.
The idea of me floating in water or in the sky translates the idea of weightlessness. Not just physically but mentally. Having nothing to worry about, feeling free, and being at peace.
The image of being up high while a storm is happening in front of me translates the idea of being above or in control any problems happening with me. It also represents a feeling personal to me. Growing up, my father and I would always sit on the front porch together to watch thunderstorms. To have something to scary going on but not feeling scared, rather feeling peaceful and calm..it is a wonderful thing.
My sketch of me and a friend in the clouds is a representation of eternal life, or more possibly after-life. Two years ago I lost a friend very close to me, and want nothing more than to see and be with her again. A world where we could stay with loved-ones forever, not worry about death or injury, would be my ultimate utopia. Im sure everyone wishes they could be back with an old friend, family member, or even pet.
My last idea was a picture of me holding myself in my hands. This basically translates the idea of me being able to be in control of myself. In control of my life, my emotions, whatever effects my life. Although we have a great deal of control of all these things, it is not all the time. Sometimes I get lost. I guess it is kinda like me being my own God.