Which of these photographs are of the same person?
In teacher workshops, I often ask this deceptively simple question about the series of pictures below. Answering the question requires careful focus on details as well as careful comparison. Take a moment and study the pictures – How would you answer the question?
What did you focus on? What details did you compare? What questions do you have?
I’ve overheard participants compare cheekbones, face shape, lips, hairlines and dress details from each photograph. The debate as groups struggle to reach consensus is inevitably richly precise; inevitably somebody raises questions such as “When were these made? Were they posed? Why were they taken? What was the photographer’s purpose for taking the photos?”
What did you decide?
Post your answer in the comments. We’ll answer the question in the next post.