Why the student have different opinion/ judgment about the same thing they saw at the photo exhibition?A group of 6th grade student went to a photo exhibition as part of their field trip.  All of...

Why the student have different opinion/ judgment about the same thing they saw at the photo exhibition?

A group of 6th grade student went to a photo exhibition as part of their field trip.  All of the student see the same thing. Once they are back to class from the exhibition. They were asked to write their individual experience/judgment about the picture they see to the exhibition gallery. When they finish their writing, teacher see that their experience/writing/judgment came out absolutely different from each other. What is the reason for this difference?

1. Each student has separate and distinct judgment/ opinion about the picture.

2. Each student came from different background.

3. Some student has more exhibition experience than other student.

4. Some student has more knowledge about photo/ arts than other.

Expert Answers
Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The key to your question comes in the words describing the assignment:  "They were asked to write their individual experience/judgment about the picture."

Your question is why they have different opinions about a collection of photographs which they have all seen, and the answer is that each student brings his or her own experiences to the gallery.  That variety of experiences will necessarily create a variety of opinions and judgments about a photo.  For example, when I see pictures of places I've been, I'm more apt to feel a connection to and enjoy the photo than one who has never seen or been there.  If I see a photo of a car that is the same kind I had a car accident in, I'm not as likely to associate positive feelings to the photo as someone else might be. 

Photos are meant to be evocative and connect to something within those who view it, so we can't be surprised when viewers don't agree on how they feel about what they see.   While #2 is also true and may contribute to the varied answers, #1 seems the most likely response to your question.