Why do we ask questions? Usually because we want to know something specific although inquiry can have its own ends – to explore possibilities, posit propositions or remain hanging in the air, like a penultimate chord.
Q+u begins nearly all the forms of interrogation in Latin: Quis, quid, quando, quem ad modum, quibus adminiculis
– which was anglicised into W+h and which Kipling devolved into a mnemonic ditty:
I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who
The 5 Ws plus the additional H are prompts for novice journalists but they have a place too in photography, to help focus and frame our subjects thus:-
Who is it about? No one in particular, just small groups of people scattered almost equidistantly in leisure mode.
What happened? People left their homes and came to relax on the grass, savouring the warmth, the flowers and tree blossoms, in the green spaces of the city
When did it take place? Just about 2.30 in the afternoon- the shadows are pointing North-east and starting to lengthen
Where did it take place? Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, Central London
Why did it happen? Because Spring finally arrived along with some weekend sunshine
Even after all these questions there is still the the elephant in the room as not everying is about who, but the more impersonal, what. Thus it is the pollarded Lime trees that are as much the subjects here and their imploringly uplifted stumps beg the question: ‘Why oh why, are chainsaw wielding workers allowed to massacre trees so late into the Spring? Is it “pour encourager les autres”? 1 And with that final question, I’m joining this week’s story challenge’ ‘Tagged Q‘
1. ‘to encourage others’ – said ironically of any action e.g an execution carried out in order to compel others to obey or submit