Be aware of how the images you pick for your presentation affect your audience.
Is this Goose Universally Loved by Your Audience?
Susan says, “The Canada Goose, once considered a majestic, arctic wild fowl, is now more commonly thought of as the scourge of golf courses and farms. They are loud, aggressive and, to put it politely, abundantly poopy. Because they have adapted to the urban environment they are as common in parks and fields as pigeons are on city sidewalks. And because they’ve found abundant food here, they are quitting the north-south migrations that marked the skies with their v shaped flights, and wintering over where the living is easy. So to the uninitiated the Canada Goose is a beautiful specimen, but to others they are pests. Pick your photos with sensitivity to your audience’s point of view. P.S. What was your reaction to this image? Maybe you picked another option: a source of ultra warm goose down?”
And Now for Something Completely Different.
Lucia says, “I was thinking of shapes when I made this photo. The curve of one goose’s neck is repeated in the other one, but with a slight difference. It made me think of a theme and variation in music. Which in turn, made me think of the sound geese make as they fly overhead in their v-shaped formation (yes, another shape that came to mind). And then there’s the sound they make, especially on a foggy day, the crescendo and decrescendo of geese barking as they fly by creates a mysterious atmosphere. So you see, one thing can lead to another. A simple photo of Canada Geese, may bring up thoughts of majesty or poop, but it can also hold some surprises. As you may have guessed, I’m on the ‘beautiful specimen’ side of Susan’s argument.”
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