Reviews and Recommendations of “ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS”
I am delighted to see this book by Dorota Raniszewska published now in English because I want to recommend it to as many people as possible who are interested in how Coaches (and other kinds of “people-helpers”) can use people’s ordinary snapshots — as well as photos taken by others (and interactions with these) — like methods for helping people improve their lives and the lives of others.
As the early pioneer of PhotoTherapy Techniques many decades ago — and now considered the “world authority” on these (and related techniques derived from them, for using in non-therapy applications), I find this book an extremely valuable resource of not only successful photo-based techniques to use, but also the reasons for using them, the theories underpinning those reasons, and examples of them being used very successfully in “real-life” applications!
In addition to being impressed with its contents, I find the organization of Chapters to be an easily followed path that takes the reader from ideas to practical applications, describing complex topics in a way that is simple and enjoyable-to-read, so that readers don’t need to have any prior knowledge about psychology to benefit from them.
Big congratulations are owed to Dorota Raniszewska for her brilliant and thorough writing of a book brimming with ideas that are substantiated by theory, techniques that will work successfully, and practical applications that can be used by any reader in their own work helping people — or even themselves!
It was a privilege to read “One Image Many Words ” My experience of Dorota’s book resonates with this photo I have from a recent trip to Europe. It symbolizes for me the passion and wholeheartedness Dorota brings to the field of human growth and development by artfully integrating the use of Photography with professional coaching techniques and storytelling. She shines a knowledgeable light on many insightful ways you can use Photography to empower people’s development. Like the million grains of sand in this picture, there are many wonderful books on human potential, and this one stands out as a fresh, innovative and thoughtful contribution to this field.
Emoticons, vision boards, selfies – never have our interest in visual images been higher! But why? Dorota Raniszewska breaks it down for us in her book, ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS, explaining how the mind wraps itself around the image and interprets it through our unique one-of-a-kind perception. She also provides awareness exercises, thought-provoking quotes, and plenty of pictures to show you how to enhance your experience and visual acuity. From how to look at a picture to the five levels of image analysis and punctum (she’ll explain that to you), Raniszewska makes sure you will never simply look at a picture again. ONE IMAGE –MANY WORDS is a delightful, enlightening adventure through the world of visual images, perceptions, and interpretations. It makes you want to dig out your old photo albums and reacquaint yourself with your fondest memories while creating new ones through enhanced awareness.
Sensitivity, depth of insight, knowledge, experience, and maturity of the Author all constitute the multitude and richness of inspiration derived from this book. When inviting clients to use Photography in Coaching, therapeutic processes, and during workshops, we gain a potent tool to broaden self-awareness, profit from the use of metaphors, work with the subconscious and dissolve barriers of expressing our longings and intentions brought upon us by the language. The Author is very generous in sharing with the reader her unique knowledge about working with images. She provides concrete methods and techniques, and while presenting real-life situations, she also invites the reader to create space for reflection and development with the client. Let me recommend this book wholeheartedly to all coaches, therapists, and trainers. I am happy to have it on my shelf as I revisit it very often.
One of the most powerful questions I know is “Who am I?” or if asked at a coaching session “, Who are you?” When I was reading again Dorota’s book, this time in English, I noticed how many insights she offers in it relate to identity. “A photograph is a record of my life, the fact that I’m here.” That is why I recommend her book to so many coaches who look for new ways of supporting their clients in the coaching process. Identity is a brilliant path to growth. I love her writing style, the way she tells her story using images and anecdotes from her own life. By showing the world of Photography, Dorota invites readers to the courageous and creative development of their coaching skills, requiring a professional approach, good observation and sensitivity.
In her book, Dorota gently invites inner research through Photography – a language of the XXI century. She inspires readers for deep thoughts and reflections. The book touches the heart with its stories and fuels the mind on the professional level. Must have for everyone interested in growing more deeply, who is curious about what is behind the scenes of capturing moments and wishes to better serve their clients as a coach, therapist, counsellor.