It’s easy when you look at a photograph to think of it as an accurate recording of reality. But photos are more complicated than that. Many photos like this one seem to be candid. That is, it seems as though the photographer just captured an unscripted moment. In reality, many portraits like this one are carefully planned.
Look at the photo again. Imagine that the person in the photo was sitting in front of the computer, but the sign “Stand Up for Transgender Equality” was not there. How would that change your answers to questions 1 and 2?
1. What do you imagine the person in the photo is thinking about and feeling?
2. What feelings do you have when you look at the photo?