The image I’ve chosen to go with this blog is one which has been used numerous times for articles discussing/ reporting on prison. They say a picture paints a thousand words, this picture asks many questions. One question that immediately comes to mind is whether the person without the keys is being unlocked or locked up by the person with the keys?
There’s not much the picture does tell us. It is clearly an image taken from prison and we know it contains two people but other than that what else do we know?
Along with the unlocked/locked up question, it could be morning and the person looking out of the window contemplating about their day ahead. Or it could be evening bang up and the person at the window is reflecting on the day’s events.
Another question could be is it the first night or home time?
Unwelcome news could have just been given, as could have been good news and we see a picture of relief.
What about the two people in the image?
What’s their story? Their backgrounds as to the situation we see in the image.
What does the person with the keys see, or think?
What is the person looking out of the window seeing, or thinking?
If you think about/see a person in prison, what do you see? Who do you see?
If you think about/see a person on the streets, what do you see? Who do you see?
If you think about/see a person with an addiction, what do you see? Who do you see?
A picture may paint a thousand words, but it will never be able to provide the full story.
What we see is not as important as how we see it.