Can photos talk? Sometimes a single picture can paint a thousand words if you stop and take a moment to look at it. This week’s Photo Challenge by Swiss-based architect and photographer Frédéric Biver of fakeormistake uses two photographs side by side to create a dialogue and tell a story between them that would not exist if the photo was presented alone. It is a fascinating concept that made me reflect deeply on the importance of each individual’s perception of a photo and its meaning.
A dialogue can be created by similarities in shapes, colors or forms. It can also be created by two photos taken from a different angle or perspective. In my case, I tend to snap away at whatever seems to attract my attention at a certain time and place, using the photos together or in a series of photos to create a story and dialogue of that one specific moment in time.
Here are some dialogues I’ve captured from my travels. See if you can find a story from within.
Location: Project Mercy’s Lie and Wait house for expectant mothers who walk at least two hours on foot to reach the nearest hospital.
Location: At a large urban slum in the heart of New Delhi.
Girl in red dress
Location: At a Day Care Center for disadvantaged children in La Ceiba, Honduras where I volunteered in 2012.
Location: Havana, Cuba a place awash in restoration and disrepair.
Location: Antigua, Guatemala.
For a savior
Location: Above Manang, Nepal lives a 94-year-old monk in a cave monastery.
Can you find the stories and dialogue within these photos?
This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue. To view more entries click here.