For Let's Read Art, the boys and I checked out this photo by Kenneth Josephson. Below are the interpretations of Andy and Spencer (my sons) and myself.

WHAT DO YOU SEE?

  • bookbindings
  • books
  • lots of sheets of paper
  • at the bottom i see a table
  • i see that too
  • there are lots of books that are stacked
  • ...and are open
  • it's about 10 books stacked
  • all the books are open
  • paperback books
  • smooth lines
  • the negative space is used really well
  • oh cool there's a good shadow here showing where the books are overlapping
  • i see one not opened
  • it looks like some big books are breaking apart

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THESE FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE?

  • what is the medium? what's that? oh, it's a sketch
  • ...or a black and white painting
  • it reminds me of scratch pads
  • i think it's a photo
  • it looks like an x-ray to me
  • very liquid water like
  • looks like a little world to me

WHY DID THE ARTIST PUT THIS ALL TOGETHER?

  • to inspire people to see things differently
  • the books are like broken bones
  • bone that is fractured and zoomed in
  • to see what really is in the world
  •  we can arrange things differently to change how people see things
  • when something simple is rearranged it can create new interpretations or ideas about the things around us

These are our interpretations, you may see something different. Oh, and I should mention that when we do this we don't read up about the piece until after we've looked at it.