In looking at SIN, I included some photos in the handouts which I will post below. I recommended that photos be used in such a way that we can see how we change from day to day. This exercise was not created by me; I have seen it in various forms a number of times. Let's look at how Stephanie Calabrese Roberts, author of The Art of iPhoneography, describes it.
She gives these instructions:
Scan through your image library and select a handful of your favorites. Study each image and ask yourself these questions:
- What were you doing moments before you made the image?
- What inspired you to make the image?
- How did you feel at that moment?
- How did the time of day, season, or weather impact the moment?
- How does the image make you feel now?
- If you could return to the scene now, how might you see it differently?
Since most people in my session would not have brought photos with them, I provided those below. Attendees were asked to write some reactions, observations, feelings, or descriptive words below each of the photos. I urged them to then revisit the photos a week later, preferably even further in the future, and again respond to them (not looking at the previous responses). Typically responses will shift and change.Roberts writes in her book:
Let's loosen up your literal association with imagery and train your eye to see more conceptually. One way to do this is by associating different words with an image to see how the connection between the two might change the way you feel about an image. Take a look at the following iPhone images and think about ... three words associated with each image. ... Set a date on your calendar one year from today [in my experience sooner can be as effective] to re-evaluate the images and your word selections to see if you feel differently.
Try a similar exercise with your own photos. Choose and assign a one-word title for images ... then revisit the photos at a later date to see if you feel compelled to rename them. The life perspectives you collect over time will likely reveal shifts in your perspective. [Emphasis added.]
If you try this measuring stick for shifts in perspective, either by using the photos below or your own, please let me know what you detect. For me, hearing about these shifts is fun, engaging, often intriguing.