Can Places also take on a metaphorical form within the visuals?
Jason van Genderen asked: Can places also take on a metaphorical form within the visuals? I'm interested in exploring contrasting visuals that allow the audience to make a connection that's not necessarily literal. I guess an example I would use is if I'm portraying my heart's sense of isolation or loneliness, I could show that without needing to place him into a literal context of isolation... I could show a sense of place that's (for example) a lone bird sitting on a powerline, with a flock of birds sitting on lines a distance away. I'm attracted to using visuals that empathize with the heart's sense of place without them always being too literal.
While I understand the metaphor you're trying to make, we really want to focus on the role of Place as to demonstrate the Heart's authenticity. So by showing a lone bird you could say that the Heart is isolated, but you don't really feel that isolation specific to him or her.
However, you don't have to be literal with matching your b-roll to your interview, and remember that the 4 Layers of Place are symbols through which we can express that authenticity. So while your Heart's talking about isolation, it'd be a strong opportunity to demonstrate that isolation through the 4 Layers of Place connected to him or her.
For example, perhaps you'd show an older computer and a landline phone that are covered in dirty laundry in your Heart's home. These Objects can still be used as symbols. These symbols show that he hasn't used the computer or phone in forever, and he's not connecting with people. And even if he is using those objects, they're antiquated and likewise suggest a sense of separation from society.
In this scenario, the Objects are still symbols, but those are Objects you find in his home; it's not a general sense of isolation, but it's an authentic and specific evidence of his isolation that you can feel and believe in as a viewer.