A picture that went viral recently.
This was posted on Facebook by Stacy Wehrman Feeley of her three-year-old daughter. She wrote, "I took this picture because initially I thought it was funny. I was going to send it to my husband to show what our mischievous little three-year-old was up to. However, The moment she told me what she was doing I broke down. She was practicing for a lockdown drill at her preschool and what you should do if you are stuck in a bathroom. At that moment all innocence of what I thought my three-year-old possessed was gone."
It's a good example of what I'm always preaching, which is that there is significance to most photographs even if you don't know what it is. Stacy's shift in understanding was a pretty wide swing, but I think it's always wise to remember that a) many photographs are made to be instantly understandable, but b) it's wise to work at maintaining an open mind about the real meaning of what there is to see in photographs. Don't make the mistake of assuming you know what you're actually seeing just from a superficial glance.
(Thanks to Stacy Feeley)
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Fred: "In 1955 when I was in second grade in a brand new suburban grammar school we practiced 'duck and cover' drills. I can remember thinking as I looked out from under my little desk with the chrome legs at the expanse of windows along the class room's outside wall that if the bomb or missile was that close the desk was not going to protect me. But I was seven not three, and a bomb is much less personal than an individual with a gun. The monster under the bed or in the closet should be the only thing that a child should be scared of."
Aaron Welton: "Because we always bring our own experiences and understandings to table when viewing a photograph, I always like to look at photographs with minimal or no background information first. Once learning the back story, I can reinterpret things and frequently end with a dual meaning. This photograph is fun because I saw it on FB but failed to read about it. Now, I've been allowed to reinterpret it. Thank you!"