What is in an image?

ADEOLA SHEEHY-ADEKALE
Body of Hope
Published in
4 min readFeb 17, 2021

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Do the thousand words conjured by a picture come from the image or the viewer?

Image credit to @joannawatala www.jwphotography.eu

I came across this image in my Instagram feed. It is triggering. I see beauty and pain and I am instantly conflicted. The comments below it full of every opinion, every possible response. I sucked in a breath, thumb frozen mid-scroll, mind silent for a moment while I absorbed the tones of black and white which had been brought together to cause such…

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ADEOLA SHEEHY-ADEKALE
Body of Hope

Writing on the female experience, race, motherhood & self-development. Columnist at The Green Parent magazine. Follow me on IG @adeola_moonsong.