There is so much to “read” about a relationship from a photo

Last week we spoke about photos in relationship coaching. There is so much to “read” about a relationship from a photo. Just observe carefully with your eyes and sense through your body what happens in the photo. Observe how people are placed in the photo and against each other, what they bodies show, what is the situation. You can notice and feel characteristics of a relationship quite quickly. As Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, the initiator of the Body Mind Centering said:

The mind is like the wind and the body like the sand: if you want to see how the wind is blowing, you can look at the sand.

The observation and sensing skills are very useful in order to formulate right coaching questions about this relationship.

A very good starting points to develop these skills is to understand and practice 5 level of image analysis. These 5 levels are: factual, narrative, stylistic, emotional and comparative.

When you are aware of them and able to spot them, it is easier to:

  1. Be able to differentiate What is in the photo from what you see in the photo as well as the meaning you give to what you see, in other words, the content of the photo versus your projection.
  2. To know how to say what you see, feel, and hear without making a suggestion to the client but keeping it clear that these are your observations or associations.

I hope you found this insight useful. If yes, you can leave your comment under this post. Thank you for reading this article and stay in touch! There will be more.

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