In Flight and On the Ground: A Photo Dialogue

I’ve been thinking a lot about reading images and the stories held and told…both with and without words.  This week at the Daily Post, the weekly photo challenge is titled Dialogue–with an invitation to post two pictures that open up new meaning when they are in dialogue with each other.

I love this idea of photographs in dialogue and thinking about how the images might speak to each other and the viewer in ways that create new understandings and opportunities for meaning making.  I spent time yesterday evening on the beach…the perfect way to cool off and relax after a wonderful and exhausting first week with my students.

I often walk on the beach either in the morning or afternoon when the sun is higher and often more harsh.  The evening sun was soft, bringing out reflections and colors that I don’t often photograph.  As the day cooled and tide receded, the birds were active–running after tidbits of food, poking long beaks deep into the soft sand.  I snapped many shots of sandpipers in action, playing with the light and shadows.

sandpiper reflected clouds

I love the way this sandpiper seems to be walking between the clouds as they reflect on the shoreline, an echo of the sky overhead.

And then as I thought about what other image to pair with the one above I was drawn to this image that I took of a hang glider in the setting sun.

sunset hang glider

Taken within minutes of each other, each photo tells its own story.  Together, what do they say to you?  I’d love to know what you hear in the dialogue between the photos.

7 thoughts on “In Flight and On the Ground: A Photo Dialogue

  1. margaretsmn

    I am going to grab these pictures to do a writing activity with my students. I like the idea of the pictures in a dialogue. We can discuss dialogue. I am working on a poem. Will share later on my blog. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. kd0602 Post author

      Hi Margaret,

      Can’t wait to hear how the writing activity goes with your students…and I’m looking forward to your poem too. Thanks for your comments!


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