Friday, July 3, 2015

Wordless Answers

I think we're certainly all familiar with the adage "A picture is worth a thousand words," but have you ever tried to use pictures to answer questions?  Recently Kim Manley Ort, a photographer whom I've taken several classes from, did just that and she challenged others to give it a try. Kim was inspired by Nathan Wirth's use of photographs to answer a series of questions.

You can see Nathan Wirth's answers here and Kim's answers hereI've enjoyed seeing several photographs answer these questions with some gorgeous photographs. I accepted Kim's challenge and began looking through my photos. Here's what I came up with.

Who are you?

Why photography?

What is your trademark photographic style?

What truly inspires you?

Where do you go when you close your eyes?

Where is home for you?

How would you describe your lifestyle?

What makes a great shot?

How do you view the world?

What is an important lesson you have learned?

Answering questions with pictures can be a little difficult. I found my self wanting to add words to make sure you "got" my answers! I encourage you to try this. It's a wonderful opportunity of look back through your archives and express yourself through photos.


  1. Gorgeous photos and excellent questions.

  2. Gorgeous photos and excellent questions.

  3. This is a wonderful series of photos, Cathy. I can really feel who you are and recognize you through them. I love this exercise!

  4. Oh, Cathy, wonderful "answers." I'm glad you took the time and really thought about the exercise. I sense your attention to the gorgeous details all around and your calm presence.

  5. I saw this on a blog and I want to do it also when I get a chance. I am glad to know you through your photography, you are real!

  6. Oh, these are very special, Cathy. I know just what you mean about the temptation to add words, but it's true: a picture can be worth 1000 words! I am loving how very different everyone's responses are.

  7. Really loved seeing how you answered the questions Cathy with these soulful and beautiful images!

  8. Fantastic job! I love this idea and the way you have interpreted the questions.

  9. Without even knowing this is your blog, I would know this is you, perfectly you!

  10. Oh I 'got' your answers! I read each question and had a hunch what the photo would be. This was so fun,
    Great work Cathy.

  11. i loved that on Kim's blog too, and hope tomtry it soon. Your responses are great, and that cloud shot is really to die for!!!

  12. Those were amazing and inspiring. I enjoyed this so much.

  13. A wonderful post and the photos are gorgeous!


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