How to Look at a Photo

Before We Play

Many magnificent, carefully selected photos are incorporated in the various Points of You® games.

The photos differ from one game to the other but all encourage a deep observation enabling us to experience new insights, examine things from a different angle and expand our points of view.

A photograph brings the past into the present. A photograph is a moment that has stopped, and it allows us to experience an ongoing moment in the present and to look at it in depth.

Our interpretation of this moment (or of the photograph) is completely subjective.

A photo captures a certain moment that we could all relate to. It is our own interpretation that paints the whole picture of the story behind the photo.

There is no right or wrong interpretation. We see and understand situations according to our own point of view based on past experience, social norms, the way we were brought up and more.

Through the pictures, the game offers and encourages us to open our mind and understand there are additional points of view besides the one we have. That “aha moment” enables us to solve conflicts and deal with situations we were not able to understand before.

Deep observation enables us to open up to new points of view, expand our range of feelings, emotions, thoughts and motivation.

Part of the technique in observing a photo – is asking questions.

Below are questions you can ask about the photos.

Three basic questions may suffice:

1. What do I see in the photo? Facts.

2. What do I know about the photo? Place, time, people, situation.

3. What do I feel when I look at the photo?

If the basic questions do not provide the depth we are looking for, or if we hope to achieve nuances – below is a set of questions that will help us go deeper into the photo and its nuances:

1. The informative part – based on facts and knowledge  

• What do I see in the photo?

• What do I know about the photo?

• Place

• Period / time

• People

• Situation

2. The plot – based on observation and knowledge

• What does the photo depict?

• What is the situation described in the photo?

• What is the photo’s message?

• What memory comes with this photo, if any?

• What story does this photo tell me? It can be true or an imaginary story.

• Try to imagine what happened a second before the camera clicked?

• Try to imagine what will happen or how the photo will look a second after the click of the camera?

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