POV Activity

While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.

Dorothea Lange
Photojournalist Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange was an American photojournalist. She might be best known for the “Migrant Mother” photograph. As a photographer, she certainly knew that POV can change in an instant, depending on who’s behind the camera and what story they are trying to tell.

For the past several weeks, we’ve been practicing the genre of memoir. In our first piece, we took an object and explained how it affected our lives and/or showed a part of our personalities. The second piece shared either a memory of when we felt “anonymous” or a friendship that we felt was significant. In both pieces, we were “behind the camera.” We were telling our stories with our spin–our POV.

Now we’re working on our first short story in Third Person. We’re still behind the camera, but we must imagine the story from a POV that is different from “I.” And if the narrator is no longer “I,” the story we tell may (or may not) change.

On Wednesday, we’ll be doing an activity where we’ll be looking at pictures and telling short stories about them. It’s a lot of fun!

All the extra details for the week on the Assignment page for Week 8. Please check there for that information.