How to Read a Photo:
Consider the content of the photograph and the intent of the photographer. It is important to think consciously and critically and to pay attention to all aspects of the image. Answer the following questions:
Who or what do you see?
When was this photograph taken?
What is happening in the photograph?
Where was this photograph taken?
Why did the photographer select these particular elements to include in the photograph?
What don’t you see?
Why did the photographer emphasize certain elements and not others?
What’s in focus? Is only one person or element in focus, or are many elements in focus?
Why did the photographer take the picture at this moment?
What happened before or after this picture was taken?Why did the photographer take the picture from this angle?
What might the scene have looked like from another vantage point — from left, right, behind, above, or below?