What Do You See? is a simple, adaptable educational resource for all ages, combining new photographs I’ve taken along with those from my many projects. Every photo includes a revealing backstory I’ve written. There are 10 photos in each issue and I will publish a new issue every several months. Each issue explores a broad range of cultural topics and provides insights into my photographic interactions with thousands of strangers. My intent is to make this resource as affordable and accessible as possible.
This concept evolved from the hundreds of presentations I’ve given to audiences of all kinds—including K-12, colleges, non-profits, and corporations. The idea is simple: I simply ask participants to discuss what they see in my photographs. Does the photo mirror you in some way? Is it a window into the unknown? Or is it a bridge, connecting the familiar and unfamiliar? What emotions do you feel? If this were a movie poster, what do you think the movie is about? Write a description, fictional story, or poem about what you see.
How can we have discussions about differing points of view that are not confrontational? I believe there is no right or wrong way to interpret a photograph. We all have varying perspectives. But how much of what we see is shaped by images from mass culture, rather than by our daily interactions?
After the participants engage in a conversation or writing exercise, I then reveal a backstory that will complicate and challenge initial perceptions, opening up perspectives not considered. We are, of course, much more than our photographs. Yet how we look at photographs shows us how we look at each other. What do you see?
— Wing Young Huie
To see more of Wing’s photography: www.wingyounghuie.com
Wing Young Huie is a fiscal year 2016 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.