Thank You

It rained hard here yesterday afternoon. Once the rain had passed, Carole suggested that the three of us go for a stroll. We went out hoping to find things that we could¬†photograph to represent the letters in the words,¬†‘thank you’. As you can see – we had to give nature a helping hand at times, but after an interesting, and very focussed stroll, we found what we were looking for.

Thank You

Is this art? I guess so – it’s an artistic representation at least. I’ve not shared photography on this site before now, I tend to use Instagram a lot for pictures, and I’m reacquainting myself with Flickr again too. I’ll probably pursue my photography interests over at Instagram and Flickr for the most part – but I found this particular photographic challenge fitted with my art and learning aspirations – so here it is.

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

Working on a social media strategy in Riga. How to take advantage of fine weather and get some good work done too.

Deep in the midst of developing a social media strategy, I asked one of the team of people I’m working with about their use of Flickr. The particular channel they shared with me relates to the Latvian armed forces, and when I asked why they used it, I got a very simple reply:

‘A picture paints a thousand words’

It was late afternoon and the hot Riga spring sunshine was streaming through the windows as we were started exploring the possibilities of using visual aids: photos, videos, info graphics and more, as part of a wider communication strategy. Rather than continue to let the fine weather distract us, I invited the team to split into three groups and go and photograph the city. Each team would then present their view of the city back to the group in the morning, as a way of promoting the city for the upcoming EU Presidency. Extra points would be awarded if the slideshow could capture the three Latvian EU Presidency values: Involving, Growth and Sustainability.

The following day we reconvened and were treated to a series of interesting and entertaining slide shows of Riga. Here are a few excerpts:

Often when the town or city where we work is just somewhere we walk through every day, we take it for granted. It was great to get out and enjoy the sunshine, sure, but the feedback that really interested me from this exercise was how much people appreciated the opportunity to see their city in a different light.