#blimage what is that now? Was my first reaction.
Yes, “image” was the vital ingredient that made me click on the link… as I love working with images, pictures, I love taking pictures, I love making pictures, I love expressing through pictures and I love using pictures in my teaching, learning and development but also research.
So I started reading David Hopkin’s post. I have to admit that I was confused. I guess I read it too quickly and it just didn’t make sense. What was I asked to do and why? I think I now understand that I have been asked to connect my thinking to the image David tweeted and then perhaps invite somebody else to respond to my visual trigger(s). Yes, you guessed right… there will be more than one. I am already thinking of this instead of capturing my thoughts around David’s picture. Is my brain future facing?
Is this a chain exercise? Is it about exploring the concept of reciprocity? Is it about speaking through images in a literal and metaphorical way? Is it more about the process than what we create and share? Or both or even more than that? Or following blindly what we are asked to do? But then again I could say no… Why didn’t I? Why didn’t everybody else? Did we also pick people we knew would respond? Did anybody sent the request to a complete stranger? Who broke the chain and most importantly why?
At the moment of writing this, I am in the train and on my way to London with no internet access. It is very very early. I feel that there are information missing… I don’t understand what I have been asked to do and how it relates to anything else and what the purpose of this activity actually is. What are we trying to achieve? What is the purpose of this activity? I feel like a student… a student who is lost and disorientated. What wants to know more… But also a students who is reactive to what what they have been asked to do… But there is also something about this task that fuels my curiosity and anticipation for exploration and discovery.
David’s picture echoes emptiness somehow. I have to admit that I don’t think that I would pick this to use on my blog… I didn’t connect with it immediately and I am not sure if I am fabricating what follows…
Yes, I am picky with images. I wouldn’t just use any randomly to decorate my blog as they have special meaning for me. If the picture doesn’t talk to me it will never make it here… Often I spend a lot of time, picking the right ones…. anyway, this one is here now… but not because I picked it…
In my imagination I can see people sitting there, avoiding looking at each other when I think of an airport while they would be talking in a learning situation. In my classroom they would and they would be making stuff as well and moving around. Learning doesn’t really happen properly when you are sitting down all the time! The fact that these seats are static is a disadvantage but we can turn this into an opportunity. We can use the floor, walk around, leave this space and go elsewhere. Why is this not happening enough when we think about fixed classrooms, for example. Why do we feel prisoners and often victims of a system? What is our responsibility?
The picture also reminds me that I will be flying to the sunshine very soon and therefore it also fills me with anticipation and joy. It might be me and my boys sitting on these seats. How will we behave? Will we feel in transit and be in our own little pink bubble of shared past and present, looking forward together to the future? We have each other. Why do we need anybody else? This question is indeed problematic, think about it for a minute.
I also noticed just now that this is actually a watercolour painting? I guess when I first looked at it on my tiny phone screen, I couldn’t see the difference… my eyes are getting bad…? Is this painting a re-creation of what we see with our eyes, or what we see through our eyes? Copying reality? I am not good at this but does this mean this is not useful? I like paintings with depth, paintings that make me think. But then this did but in a very smooth way. I guess this is ok too. What I am trying to say is that imaginative pictures speak to me more. Pictures that are interesting, unusual, not a direct copy of reality…
Not sure I did what I was asked to do but I feel I have done a little something to contribute to #blimage. I hope this means something to somebody.
Feeling dizzy writing all this. Should really stop… Still on train travelling…
The above was written in the morning on my way to #legoHE15 which was organised by Alison James in London. I am now at station waiting for my train home. Thinking again of the original image while sitting on a similar seat as David’s challenge pic. Everybody around me is using their phone… me too… are remote conversations easier? Is it a way to escape what surrounds us? Can we be here and everywhere at the same time? Is this a good thing? Always?
I have an idea for a new picture challenge and will add them (yes, there will be 3 + 1 in total so that the person has some choice. Will add these when home (ok they are here now). I hope the people who get my #blimage challenge can relate to one of the photos in a creative way and make a meaningful connection to learning and teaching… I have no idea where this exploration is leading us individually and collectively… It is however, fascinating and I can’t wait to find out…
Thank you David for involving me. Would love to hear your thoughts on my thoughts.
Did my thinking travel in the wrong direction?
Here come the 3 plus 1 images I would like to hand over to Debbie Baff and Stephen Powell. I am in holiday mood so they had to be bright. What do your eyes and/or mind see? How do you connect with one of these pictures? What learning and teaching metaphors do you see in them? Pick just one and create a blog post that helps us see the connections you made. Share your stories back with me and colleagues via #blimage. Thank you in advance for taking on this visual challenge.
Thank you for the challenge David and Steve. I hope you don’t mind me adding the “pick-your-own” feature ;)