What’s Going On in This Picture? | Nov. 21, 2022

Look closely at this image, stripped of its caption, and join the moderated conversation about what you and other students see.

What’s going on in this picture? Look closely at the image above or view it in a <a href="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2022/11/15/learning/VTS11-21-22LN/VTS11-21-22LN-superJumbo.jpg">larger size</a>, then tell us what you see by posting a comment. On Thursday afternoon, we will reveal more about the image and its origins at the bottom of this post.
Credit...Carl De Souza/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

1. After looking closely at the image above (or at the full-size image), think about these three questions:

  • What is going on in this picture?

  • What do you see that makes you say that?

  • What more can you find?

2. Next, join the conversation by clicking on the comment button and posting in the box that opens on the right. (Students 13 and older are invited to comment, although teachers of younger students are welcome to post what their students have to say.)

3. After you have posted, try reading back to see what others have said, then respond to someone else by posting another comment. Use the “Reply” button or the @ symbol to address that student directly.

Each Monday, our collaborator, Visual Thinking Strategies, will facilitate a discussion from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time by paraphrasing comments and linking to responses to help students’ understanding go deeper. You might use their responses as models for your own.

4. On Thursday afternoons, we will reveal at the bottom of this post more information about the photo. How does reading the caption and learning its back story help you see the image differently?

This week’s image comes from the “Pictures of the Day” collection published on April 21, 2011, on the Lens blog. The original caption reads:

Guardsman Bortnill St. Ange was measured for his uniform by Master Tailor Lance Sgt. Matthew Else at Victoria Barracks in Windsor, England. Soldiers of the Irish Guards who recently returned from Afghanistan were preparing for ceremonial duties at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29.

Carl De Souza is the photographer.


See all images in this series or slide shows of 40 of our favorite images — or 40 more.

Learn more about this feature in this video, and discover how and why other teachers are using it in their classrooms in our on-demand webinar.

Find out how teachers can be trained in the Visual Thinking Strategies facilitation method.

Students 13 and older in the United States and the Britain, and 16 and older elsewhere, are invited to comment. All comments are moderated by the Learning Network staff, but please keep in mind that once your comment is accepted, it will be made public.