Time is short today, so I thought I’d toss out a quick little mental exercise to get your “grey matter” juices flowing…
Confucius once said that a picture is worth 1,000 words, right? By that logic, it would mean there’s at least 14,000 words in this post, and get me off the hook!
And while that may or may not be true, I’m asking you to look at each of the pictures below, then say the first word that comes to your mind; also note that you can’t use any words twice, so choose carefully!
Go on, give it a try – you’ll find it to not only be much harder as you go along, but chances are good you’ll experience different emotions – maybe even 1,000 words worth.
Who knows? You may ever be a little surprised how each image affects you~! Good luck!
Now You’ve Seen These, I’ve Got Some Questions For You:
So what did you think? Were you able to describe these pictures, without doubling up your words?
Did the images give you a wide range of emotions, or not really?
Were you surprised to see the picture of the child with the vulture? Were you surprised to see it twice? After all the “lighter” pictures, did this one dramatically change your mood?
Did you see the tiger as beautiful, or as a threat? Both? Neither?
What memories (if any) did Oscar the grouch bring forth?
Did the ocean cabin make you dream, sigh? Both? Neither?
Did seeing little girls who truly believe in Santa make you smile? Or couldn’t you care any less?
So how is this exercise useful? I think in two ways: First, it proves that pictures can ignite different feelings and emotions within us – perhaps even 1,000 words worth of them, we should consider using the power of images to do some the heavy lifting for us.
And number two? Worst case scenario, you got to see some beautiful and stunning photographs today!
* The picture of the child with the vulture is a Pulitzer Prize winning photo with a tragic back story; read more about it here.