What’s Going On in This Picture? | March 16, 2020

Mar 15, 2020 · 576 comments
Loyola Hawks (Oakville, ON)
Our class thinks that this is an old picture for two reasons. First, the picture is black and white. Second, the people in the picture are not wearing modern clothes - they are wearing old fashioned clothes. We also think this may be an older picture because there are not a lot of buildings in this city yet. Our class thinks that this picture was taken in a city because we see big buildings that are usually in big cities, like Toronto. Maybe this picture was taken in New York City, because we know that NYC has parks in the city. We see ducks or rocks in the water. We also see scuba divers that may be looking for animals or treasure. We also see people on paddle boats. We think this picture may have been taken on the weekend because no one in the picture is working! (except maybe the scuba divers :P)
Rogal (Advisory)
My students think.... -they are looking for a dead body? -we see cops in the boat... what are they looking for? Maybe someone dropped something? -This is Central Park in NY (we are Californians so we've never been there but have seen it in the movies) -1950s
Alisher Yokubjonov (New York City)
To me, this looks like Central Park in the 1950s. Scooba divers are trying to find something at the bottom of the lake. It looks like summer. I believe this is the 1950s because Scooba was popular and accessible by that time and black and white photography was still the norm. In the background, I see people rowing boats and a big fountain.
Pritika A. (New York)
This picture was taken in Central Park, I know because I've also gone boating there and I recognize the fountain. I think the divers are trying to clean the lake or do something to reduce pollution because that lake has always been polluted and is too shallow to go diving in. Everyone else seems to be going about their day as usual and enjoying the park. I know that this photo was taken in the late 80’s or early 90’s based on the clothing of the people on the boat.
Alisher Yokubjonov (New York City)
@Pritika A. I was doubting whether this was Central Park or not, but you made me confident it was! I swore the place looked familiar. Even the buildings in the background. Although, I doubt it is 80's or 90's since in the 80's and '90s colored photography became widely available. It could be argued it was pictured black and white as an artistic theme, but who would take a black and white picture of a park? The whole beauty is In color.
Faith Rule (Kentucky)
It looks like they are trying to find something in that pond or lake because of the people scuba diving.
Rosaura (USA)
What is going on in this picture? There are scuba divers in a city lake in the 1960s or 70s looking for something in the summer or spring while other citizens are having a casual boat ride. What do you see that makes you say that? There are people in the lake in scuba suits, there are high rise buildings close behind, the men are wearing casual attire and the women are wearing short sleeved shirts, it’s a sunny day and the trees are in full bloom, the picture is in black and white and the style of clothing worn by both men and women are of the late 1900’s, there are many scuba divers indicating a larger search team to cover more area. What more can you find? It may be a weekend because there are many people on the lake in the middle of the day where most would be working in a developed city on a weekday. There is a fountain in the background indicating that this lake may be in a park of some sort or a place people come to regularly to enjoy days off in the city. There are not many children around so the area may be largely populated by couples without children which also indicates this took place in the later 1900’s because that is when women had easier access to contraceptives and the equal rights and feminist movements had already happened.
Shannon yu (Taiwan)
In the picture you can see couples rowing in the lake, they are all having a romantic date. And today one of the man is going to propose to his girlfriend, as the atmosphere begins to heat up he is ready to pull out the diamond ring that cost him thousands. Suddenly a group of ducks swam by and they accidentally bumped the boat, which made it tilt a little bit and the diamond ring fell into the lake. the man face was green because he could see that his girlfriend was still expecting something from him, and he couldn't dare to tell her that he had ruin it all( well it was the ducks' fault to be honest but saying that would've made it worse ). In the end his girlfriend kept wondering why he was still beating around the bushes and left angrily. The man was sad that he lost his girlfriend, and losing two things in one day was too sad for him to handle. So he called his friends to come to the lake to help search his diamond ring.
Thomas O'Mara (Lubbock, Texas)
In the picture i see scuba divers getting an open water evaluation from the trainers in the boats
austin (my house)
i see scuba divers all in a lake and people in boat and people hanging out
basil (canada)
i can see scuba divers!
austin (my house)
it is a bunch of scuba divers and boaters boating and hanging out at the lake. all talking and having fun
Brittney (Illinois)
It looks like a bunch of scuba divers in a lake in the city. Possibly getting lessons? Also people rowing around in boats, possible instructors but the second person along with them just looks like they're there for the ride.
Sylas (Roberson)
It’s a swim day in New York
Rawan Ahmed (Anaheim)
I can see in this picture some divers diving in a public lake. And i think that the water of the lake isn't deep. They are searching for something. There are some people in small boats. And there are something like a bridge, So may be they are taking a tour. May be the weather is good, So they are feeling excited and happy. It seems that picture is very old because the colors is black and white.
lily elliot (CA)
It looks like some scuba drivers trying to find something. And a few people in some row boats the others look as if they are going on a nice date not knowing what is going on around them.
Edan (Lashon Academy)
From what it looks like, I see scuba divers diving in a public lake. The lake seems to be filled with a few row boats, suggest that the water of the lake isn't that deep. Regarding the scuba divers, they don't seem like professionals, so I would guess they are either volunteers or people who are just trying to have fun. I don't know what they would be volunteered for, but I'm pretty sure these aren't legitimate divers.
Brittney (Illinois)
@Edan I agree, it seems to be more of a relaxed time rather than an important search. My immediate thought as well was that they were receiving lessons of some kind. Just a fun day at the lake!
Eva (CA)
It appears to be sucuba drivers on a quest of finding something or someone along with a few of the people in the row boats and the others it looks as if they are minding there own business and going on a nice date oblivious of what going on around them.
Klara (Mass.)
I see scuba divers in a river and it looks like they could be looking for something important.
Ayden (Vienna,Virginia)
I think this is a picture of some scuba divers in a river and then a bunch of people going down the river in rowboats. It looks like the scuba divers are looking for something in the lake and the people in the rowboats are wondering what is going on and why the scuba divers are in the river. In the distance you can see some buildings so they are near a city. You can also see a dock with a fountain on it and you can see lots of trees that mostly block anyone seeing the city.
madilyn (kamloops)
I see some people scuba diving in the lake and some boaters watching them. Perhaps the man and woman in the boat are on a date and thought this would be cool to see.
Adelia (springgrove)
Some poeple are on the river and some people are snorkiling. There in New York. Some people look like they are on a date becuse they look nice. Theres water and big billdings, some people are where water clothes New Yor has big bildings.It was an old picture becuse it is black and white.
Anais (PHS)
Scuba divers might be looking for something important at the bottom of the pool of water.
Evan (Massachusetts)
What I think is going on in this picture is the the scuba divers are looking for lost treasure or they could just be observing the wild life in the pond, but there is probably not a lot of animals in the pond seeing how it looks polluted it is with all the garbage floating around.
Santiago Vasquez (SEMHS)
What I see in this picture is three scuba divers trying to look for something that fell in the lake and this photo looks like it takes place around the 90s because of the black and white color in the photo and the people in the boat seem that they don't mind what the divers are doing.
Conor (Massachusetts)
I think the scuba divers found a treasure next to the city and people in the boat are rowing out to get it what makes me say this is. I see scuba divers in a pond in the forefront, in the background I see a couple of buildings, in the middle ground i see boaters rowing towards the scuba diver.
Emma (Quebec)
I think the scuba divers are probably new to scuba diving and are probably practicing with the equipment. The reason there in a pond is because if something goes wrong or they make a mistake they won't be in any danger. The people canoeing are there because it's a beautiful sunny and they wanted to get out of the house.
Kylie (Massachusetts)
In the picture shown, I believe that the scuba divers are searching for something in the bottom of the pond. But, since there are still people on the water, it must not be something super major.
thomas (ohio in ms.enderle's rm 111 8th grade)
In this picture I believe that people are diving in a pond looking for something.The scuba divers in the pond.This means they are looking for something because why would you scuba dive in a park.The ball in the water,This means that they are trying to stay under water as long as they need to.The park ,This means they found a odd place to find something because people don’t scuba dive in a park.
Evan (Massachusetts)
@thomas I agree with you on how they could be looking for treasure. Also I never thought of that the balls in the water are helping them stay underwater.
Lily (Massachusetts)
Well, it seems like there is a Lake behind some tall structures. This picture could possibly have been taken in some type of city , perhaps New York City. There are people who are canoeing, while others are scuba diving, maybe looking for some lost treasure.
Jennica (Michigan)
I see there is some people in boats, it looks like a few couples and one small family, there is people in the water, or maybe a lake, they look like they are investigating or looking for something
Mik (St-thomas)
Some person are diving into the world of the living room and I think that when she will be more old she said she was going to be a good thing for me to get a new phone number of the living room and I think it would be a good thing for me to get a new one ☝
Jonah (at home)
scuba divers are looking for some thing
Jayden (Toronto)
In the picture of this article, it looks like a regular summer day in park in New York 40-50 years ago. I believe so because I see many on rowboats, either with their families or with someone else, and in the background, you can see a park. Further back again, I can see buildings, apartments or skyscrapers, which makes me think it might be in New York. I think this picture was from 50 years ago because of the clothing, the image itself, and what people are doing. Today. I don't think many people would be on rowboats anymore, due to the vast amount of other things you could do. In addition, people are even scuba diving in a public park. If it were today, they would find better places to scuba dive. Finally, the image is black and white and the clothing the people are wearing isn't what people wear today.
Lily (Massachusetts)
@Jayden, I never really thought of it that way. Usually, people would focus of the activities and commotion going on, but you've tried to figure out the time period. I completely agree with your thinking.
lucas (illinois)
After taking a close look at the photo I noticed a few things. The boat in the front has a man in it that is possibly wearing a badge(might be a police or security of some sort) and there are multiple women in the other boats dressed up like they were out on dates. The scuba divers scattered in the water might be looking for something important the group of women dropped by accident(my guess is a wedding ring).
Jayden (Toronto)
@lucas What you say makes sense, but if they were searching for a wedding ring like you said, wouldn't they have gotten out of the boat instead of rowing around? If they stayed in the boat, I think that would probably interfere, because they don't know where they dropped it, meaning they have to search the whole pond. I think that they are just scuba diving for treasure like what people do today, and like you said, those in the background are on dates.
mikai (cincinnati,oh)
In the picture of the week, it looks like there some is something special in the water. i said this because it is scuba divers in the water. Also in this picture there is a fun event happening, because there are boats in the water. i think it's a place to go on dates. i think this photo was taken in the 60's
Maggie (Illinois)
It looks like there are people trying to get to a city ahead of them. Some of the people are scuba diving there and others are simply rowing a boat. Why are they all traveling there? What is so special about this city? What city is this? It sort of looks like Chicago, but I may be wrong. All I know is that everyone wants to go there.
lucas (illinois)
@Maggie that would've been funny if the scuba divers were actually racing the ones in the boat.
Rutuja (Calgary AB, Canada)
I can see that there are many people scuba diving and others are kayaking in the water. There are two possibilities regarding the scuba divers. The first one is that they are professionnel scuba divers searching for something underwater. Another reason there are scuba divers in the lake, is that they are probably taking lessons on how to scuba dive, since there are many scuba divers in groups. I can guess that this was around late 1960's into early 1970's, by examining the dress of the lady in the back on the canoe. Also the picture was taken in black and white. Color pictures were more common during the 1960's, but the photographer probably prefered black and white pictures, or they didn't have enough money to purchase a color camera.
Isabella (Cincinnati,Ohio)
In this picture, there are a bunch of scuba divers looking for something important. You can tell because there are people in diving suits, all in the same part of the water. This can show the divers are looking for something. There are also people in canoes in the back. This shows whatever they are looking for isn't that important where people have to get out of the water. It also is in black and white. This shows that this must have happened a possibly in the 50's or early 60's, even though you can edit any picture to look like that.
Truman Caskie (Charlotte NC)
I see people kayaking in a park in an open area, in a city or town. I also see scuba divers, this leads me to think they might be on a rescue or maybe there is something in the water they're looking for. And if you look on the boat to the left it looks like the guy in it is a police man.
Emma (Quebec)
@Truman Caskie I didn't even notice the policeman good eyes.
Layla (Connecticut)
I notice that people are having fun kayaking in a park, but then other people are having fun in the water scuba diving. This is a lake near a city, which I've never heard anyone to kayak at.
Jeannette (Martínez, CA)
I can see in the picture, a lake in a park, behind the city, 2 states at the same time but with different activities, in the lake different activities are shown, boating, swimming, diving, apart from living together enjoying their beings dear ones, contrary to the city!
Dylan (Cincinnati, Ohio)
People are having fun at a park. You can scuba dive, relax on a bench, rent a boat, swim, or just enjoy the sun! Looks like it could be a little bit outside of the city.
Maeve (North Carolina)
I see pairs of people in boats in a lake near a city. I also see people in scuba suits in the same lake. The picture is also in black and white.
Kendal (California)
I see people scuba diving and people riding boats.
Daniel (Cincinnati, Ohio)
In this picture, people in scuba suits are looking for something in the water or around it. The people in the scuba suits have to be looking for something because they're all in one area of the water. This proves that they're looking for something. Another fact is that people are in a local area because their is a big city behind them and people walking around the park area. This proves that they're not in a secret area and it's not a secret of what they're doing. Another fact is that the people aren't at the park by themselves, theri is other people in boats behind them, This proves that people are in a place that is open and local and everyone can see it. This proves that the scuba divers are working pubicly around other people.
Brooklyn (Ohio)
What I see is there are people scuba diving, people riding boats, trees, and a fountain.
maddie n (ohio)
there is people scuba diving people riding boats and there,s trees a city and that,s all
Steven Goudes (North Carolina)
In this picture I see what looks like a park inside if a large city. In the Park there is a pond where people can paddle around in boats and also scuba dive. In the background there are also people just walking around the park.
Jesse (Middletown ohio)
They’re people boating and scuba diving, maybe looking for something
Richard.k (Cincinati Ohio)
i see that there are boats in the water,scubba divers,people are swimming like mad people, it looks like people are swimming away from something.i think that they are trying to stay safe,looking for someone,trying to swim to safety,trying to get away from something.when i put this all together i think that there is a search and rescue mission or something going on in the picture. It can be argued that what is going on in this picture is that there is a search or rescue mission going on.In the picture there are people swimming in the water in scuba diving suits like they are looking for someone.This shows that there is a search and rescue mission going on.Some people may argue that there are just random people in the water just having fun.But they are wrong because the people in the water obviously look nervos and scared about something.This shows that there is a search and rescue mission going on.
Steven Goudes (North Carolina)
@Richard.k that’s a very in depth analysis, I never thought of why the people were scuba diving. I would agree that they’re most likely looking for someone or something.
Ramon Gonzalez (El Monte, California)
There's people in boats and other people scuba diving. It could be showing us that while people are living there normal lives there are others doing things that we don't notice.
aAna Maria Minano (Martinez, Ca;ifornia)
This looks like Central park, there are couples who are enjoying a sunny day; rowing boats on the lake. There are divers emerging from the waters. There are other people walking around the lake enjoying the day and the huge park. People are seen in light clothing and that is why it seems to be a hot day.
Isabella (Cincinnati,Ohio)
@aAna Maria Minano I definitely agree with you on that. It's possible that this was in the summer.
Abigail R. (Middletown, Ohio)
people are swimming, diving and boating. I think they are looking for something.
Izzy (san ramon, california)
what I think is happening in this photo is that this is a scene for a movie and the people in the scuba gear are filming. The people in the boats could be part of the scene where someone in the boats falls into the water and that is why they are wearing scuba gear because of underwater shot. If cameras were in view then I would definitely believe this was a scene for a movie.
Isabella (Cincinnati,Ohio)
@Izzy I actually never thought of the idea that they were trying to shoot a movie.
tyrelle (Cincinnati,Ohio)
In this picture I believe that people are swimming in a lake because They all have swimming gear on. The people have on scuba gear. Which means that they are diving underwater. There are buildings around. This means that it’s not in a random place like the ocean. There are people on boats. This means that some people don’t want to swim in the lake.
Wyatt Barker (Georgetown tx)
After reviewing the image it looks to me that the scooby divers are searching for a body that might have drown in the lake. The buoys in the water indicate to me mabey that's where the found a peice of evidence relevant to the body missing. Where as the other boats might be part of a search party.
Chethu (Arlington, Virginia)
I see scuba divers, many of them searching underwater. I think the scuba divers are searching for a person that fell out. I think somebody fell of the closest boat that we can see because I noticed a police officer inside that boat. I’m pretty sure it’s a normal day and people just want to canoe, not for a race or any other event.
Liam Bell (Cincinnati, Ohio)
What is going on in the picture is that there is a conoeing race in central park. This is because of some evidence of a park, some skyscrapers, and some conoes. The first piece of evidence of the race is the park. The park is a big part of where it is tooken at. There is a big park in a city that everyone knows about, central park in new york city. The second piece of evidence is the skyscrapers which indicate that they are in a city that has a park in it. Which the skyscrapers are another big piece of evidence of where the picture is tooken at. The last reason for the conoe race is the canoe itself. There are a lot of canoers that look like they are trying to win something. Which indicates that there is a canoe race. That is what is happening in the picture. Because of some evidence of a park, skycrapers, and canoes.
Lucy Fergusson (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
I see scuba divers cleaning a river that people are canoeing in, in a big city possibly NewYork. I think this picture represents pollution. And how the people that are littering don't see the damage they are actually doing. But the people underneath the surface are the ones that are actually trying to help clean up the mess and are worried. Worried about our future and what a mess we have created for ourselves.
Lucy Fergusson (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
I see scuba divers cleaning a river that people are canoeing in, in a big city possibly NewYork. I think this picture represents pollution. And how the people that are littering don't see the damage they are actually doing. But the people underneath the surface are the ones that are actually trying to help clean up the mess and are worried. Worried about our future and what a mess we have created for ourselves.
Loopy loop (Markham, Ontario)
Possibly in Central Park, Manhattan, there are eight scuba divers searching for a precious item that's under the water. There are also tourist or New Yorkers enjoying the sunshine relaxing on drifting boats. In the background, spectators are having picnic on the warm grass, others are sitting on park benches chatting with one and other. Several enormous trees stand in back ground, giving welcome shade on a hot day, and creating amazing landscape. Further back in the sky line, tall buildings rise above the trees, blending in majestically with blue sky.
Emma G Schroer (Cincinnati,Ohio)
In this picture, there are couples paddle boating on a lake and there are scuba divers diving for something. The people either paddling or diving are on a lake surrounded by swampy looking trees and also surrounded by buildings. There are 4 couples paddle boating, this proves that they are a lake because they float on the water with the paddle boats. Another fact is there are scuba divers in the water, which shows that they are looking for something/diving for a cause. Another fact is the lake is surrounded by swampy trees and buildings, this proves that the lake is in a suburban area. This is why I believe that there are couples paddle boating on a lake and there are scuba divers diving for something.
Logan m (Cadillac Michigan)
I think that their searching for something important
Yas (Mke)
In this image, I see people in scuba gears in what looks like a river. I also see people in boats as they row down the river. It looks warm outside, considering that people are wearing bathing suits and swimming outside. The picture is also black and gray so that tells me this could be an old picture.
Brayden (Cincinnati,OH)
The dive team had to search the pond, because someone possibly drowned in the pond. This is shown by the divers grouping up and talking about something possibly planning where to look next. The people in the boats are confused why the divers are in the pond. This is shown by the people in the boats looking at the divers. This happened around the 70s or 80s, because the picture is taken in black and white and the style of close look from that time period.
Loopy loop (Markham, Ontario)
@Brayden, you have shown some remarkable observations, especially the description of the picture and the time period. However, I wonder if someone had drowned, wouldn't there be ambulance and police cars in the background, also wouldn't the tourist on the water be clear off.
Katana (Cincinnati Ohio)
The picture look like it was taken at a park in New York City. It seem that it could have been taking as a photo shoot for a magazine. Are a couple boat race. It also look like a group of scientist men decided to go scuba diving in the lake to explorer the lake.
Loopy loop (Markham, Ontario)
@Katana, I like your idea about photo shooting, but wouldn't scientist clear the field if they were doing serious explorations?
jesse flores (ohio corona)
In this picture I see 4 scuba divers in what looks like a lake i also think that its summer because the trees have cute fluffy leaves and i know this because the lake looks like is polluted and the scuba divers are some kind of people the work for environmental resource and they are cleaning the lake you know looking for medal iron and etc. Another good reason is that there is not many animals like i only see 3 ducks this explains that the water is dirty and etc.
Loopy loop (Markham, Ontario)
@Jesse flores, nice observations on the photo, but wouldn't people avoid the lake if it was dirty and polluted?
Eli (vermont)
I believe that in this picture ( New York City) that it is a small lake with people having a good time in rowing boats. Scuba divers are also in the front of the picture which makes me think that they may be looking for something in the water, or there may be some type of event going on.
Devan (newport NewHampshire)
I think this picture was taken in new york central park because the buildings. I see scuba divers,paddle boats, people swimming, and maybe a guy in the background fishing, I see a lot of trees to. I think the water is bad and he scuba divers are trying to check it out to see what is wrong with it
sirinka (woms)
In this picture I see divers, people rowing in their boats, sitting on the benches and some buildings in the background. It seems as if they are all enjoying a nice summer day. The are all having fun. Something that caught my attention is that it looks as if a scuba diver might havefound something because he/she took off their mask. This photo is also black and white which may mean that it's an old picture.
Lance (California)
Looks like scuba divers and people in boats investigating what is in the water.
Riley H (Cincinnati, Ohio)
In this picture, there was a hurricane and divers are looking for missing people. I can tell you this because there are people in diving suits. This can show the divers are looking for something. It also looks very flooded. This can show that there was a hurricane that hit. It also is in black and white. This can show that this must have happened a long time ago.
Ryan Prince (Ilinois)
I think the picture was taken in Central City Park in New York in the 1950s. My reasoning is, the picture was took by a lake, it has scuba divers who appears to be looking for something, people are in boas rowing around in the lake, and the picture is in black and white.
maria (cinciannati)
In this picture, I see a beautiful park with a pond, buildings, trees, paddle boats, and lots of friendly people. I assume that this image is taken in the 1950s or ’60s because it is in black and white. It seems like it is a very nice and warm day based on what the people are wearing, also there are four people who are scuba diving in the water. The people scuba diving in the water could be looking for either a lost item or they can be doing it to have fun with their friends. It looks like the people are enjoying the warm water on this sunny day and also enjoying the paddle boats in the beautiful sunshine.
Elayshia Grant (whiteoak middle school)
The people in the lake are looking for something that has fallen or has been missing. In the picture it shows people in scuba outfits . This shows that people are in the water to find or search for something. The people on boats on the lake are just chilling on the water like having a date. In the picture there are people on boats. This means that they are enjoying life. This picture is from the old days. In the picture the people are wearing old fashion dressed and hair styles. This means that the picture is from an old time.
rachel grogan (New York)
It looks like the picture was taken in New York City in a lake where there's people rowing boats and scuba divers and that it was taken a long time ago because it's in black and white.
taylor (New Hampshire)
i think this picture was taken in new York central city park because of the buildings and when I went to new York I saw the pond.i see people scuba diving and others rowing boats.it looks like it was taken a while ago because the picture is black and white.
Atticus (Pierre, SD)
What I think is going on is that the scuba divers are trying to act like sharks because some og them are under water like a shark when they attack.
Eli (Cincinnati, Ohio)
I believe that this picture is outdated because of the black and white appeal and the clothing of the people. It seems like a beautiful sunny day because all the proper ladies have their little umbrellas and the southern gentleman on their arms. I believe that there is a golf course nearby, because it is a popular southern activity and that the scuba divers are simply diving to retrieve all the golf balls that were hit into the lake, but they are wearing the protective suits because its the south and there are alligators
Allyson (New York)
I see the this is set in some sort of city with a park. Theses people are in some type of pond or lake. There is all different types of people (female & male), the people in this picture are doing the things that they want, like driving, swimming, boating, chatting etc. It also looks like that the people in the driving suits are looking for something. I see that the picture is black and white, which could show me that is picture could have been taken in the olden days. Also the fashion of the hats and the clothes also show me that this picture was taken way before now.
Marissa (New York)
It seems as if the scuba divers are attempting to clean up this body of water. Perhaps trash is polluting it?
Jason (Troy, MI)
In this picture, there is a little lake in New York. The atmosphere is beautiful and the sun is shining. It probably smells like flowers and there are little waves carrying the small boats over the clear water. But there is something weird about the beautiful place: there is a man in the water with his t-shirt on so he might have fallen in the water and is drowning because his clothes are too heavy and he can’t keep himself above the water. But luckily, there are divers trying to rescue the man from drowning in the little lake. In the background, there are big trees and the biggest one is probably a willow. I say that it’s a willow because it has these vines hanging off it. There is also big buildings behind the trees, which is typical for New York. It is also a black and white picture so it was probably taken in the 30s or 40s and is really old by now.
Brody (Michigan)
It looks like something may have fallen in a pond in central park and they had to send out a search party.
Brooklyn (New Hampshire)
It looks like people are in a lake. Some people are in a boat and it looks like others are scuba diving. The picture is black and white.
Ryan Gonzales (California)
I feel like the scuba divers are looking for something that fell in the water that is valuable because the water is obviously not contaminated because they are in it and people are on a boat nearby. I feel like its very important because there are a lot of the scuba divers,
Austin Gerth (Cincinnati, Ohio)
In this picture, I believe that there are scuba divers in a pond trying to find something valuable because the people on the kayak might have lost belongings. My first reason I support this claim is because in the picture there are several scuba divers searching for something. The reason I say this is because the people that are in the kayak's are about 5 feet away from them, and I think that they are giving them their explanations on where they lost their belongings. My second piece of evidence for this picture is that the picture is in black and white so that shows that this photo was taken a long time ago. I think that those people may have lost a really expensive wedding ring. The reason I think this is because the lady with a hat on has a bathing suit on, and that leads me to think that she could’ve been swimming in the pond and lost her jewelry. My last reason I support this is because there are more people in kayaks upstream just watching the scuba divers search for lost valuables.
Riley H (Cincinnati, Ohio)
@Austin Gerth there is a lot of good evidence.
nhadia (ohio white oak middle)
I think that the people in the water are looking for something, I say this because they have on scuba gear and an oxygen tank, there is also a man and a women in the boat that looks like they’re searching for something. Something important may have dropped in the water and there are a team of scuba divers and some other people helping find whatever got dropped.
Rebekah (DCS 2, CA)
It looks like a park in the city, because of the grass and trees, as well as the buildings in the background. there is a pond as well. it has what looks like some nice couples on boats on the water.But there are also a few scuba divers, and little metal things in the water.
Jordyn (PA)
I think that the scuba divers are out for a friendly swim or are looking for something they lost but that is not that important. I say that because the people in the boats do not seem very concerned so it can not be very life threatening or inportant. I also think that this photo was most likely taken in a major city such as New York. I say this because of the skyscrapers behind the many trees.
Senna (USA)
1) People are rowing in boats and others are "diving" in the water. 2) People are in boats and there are people in scuba gear. 3) There is a fountain in the back and this must have taken place a long time ago because it's not a colorized picture.
Sana Hamed (USA)
In this picture, I believe that the people in the water seem to be scuba diving and having a fun time while others are on a boat enjoying on the water. The scuba divers have their scuba gear on and from what I can tell they’re just swimming in the water but it does seem odd that they are scuba diving in front of buildings, you don’t usually see that.
nhadia (ohio white oak middle)
i think that the divers in the water are looking for something and so is the people of the boat. I see people in the water and also see people in scuba gear and breathing tanks. The picture is also in black and white so i know that this was a long time ago.
Trinity Martin (Cincinnati,Ohio)
@nhadia This is great,kinda like what i said but with more description great job.
Ashley (White oak middle school)
I think that Those are people in a lake a few miles from the city and there are people are diving probably searching for something and people paddling their boats in the lake. I also think that these people at the lake are enjoying the lake and doing a fun activity
Trinity Martin (Cincinnati,Ohio)
@Ashley This is a great idea nicely written and very well described.
Riley H (Cincinnati, Ohio)
@Ashley There is good evidence and it's very explained.
Ximena N (bay area)
I don't know what they're doing. Maybe the water is contaminated and they're checking it out?
Jordan (cincinnati,ohio white oak middle school)
I think it is summer and people are at the edge of an ocean. I think this because there are 4-8 people in the water. This proves that if their looking for something underwater they need to go deep. Second, there is a dock, so it could be that the edge of the edge of an ocean. This would show why they need boats. Third, there is a city in the background behind the docks. This could mean it is a water city like New York or New Jersey and it's at the edge of the ocean.
Kepler (Livermore, CA)
they're having fun on a boat.
Liz (USA)
I think that it is crime fighters looking for something that got thrown into this pond
Tianna (DCS, California)
Looks like people are cooling off on a summer day?
Krew (White oak middle school)
I think toxic waste spreaded in the lake and the scubba divers cleaning it out , I know this because if you look at the picture there are scubba divers swimming in the lake with scuba gear. This means they're cleaning the waste out the water. also according to the picture there people in the boat paddling to the deck. This proves they are trying to get the waste out the water before it spreds.
Ashley (White oak middle school)
@Krew that can be true too since their divers in there but if there was something toxic in the lake their would be no one in the lake but the divers and people are padding in their boat on the lake so these people won't be paddling their boat if there were something toxic.
Senna (USA)
@Krew You prove good points and now that I look at it, they do look like they are cleaning out waste. I'm sure that you're right.
Alissa (Pius XI High School)
I think this is a set of a film for an Ad about going outside. I say that because the people are wearing, like the woman in the boat's hat, and the fact that the picture is in black and white.
Ashley (White oak middle school)
@Alissa True I agree with you cause the lake is a good and a perfect view for any films.
Krew (White oak middle school)
I think there is a nuclear waste drop in the water and the divers are trying to find the source. I think this cause there are divers in water looking for something
Sean (somewhere)
I think the divers are practicing to dive in this lake because the water is not that deep. I also see boats in the background with people on them. They are probably doing this for fun. I also see a bunch of trees and buildings in the background, so I assume they are in Central Park in New York City.
Alissa (Pius XI High School)
@Sean This is a smart idea, I hadn't given the divers a second thought
Daniel (California)
I don't think that they're looking for something someone dropped because then the people on the boats would be very worried and upset. I think that they're maybe having a rent a scuba suit thing going on.
Emi (Beneath The Cloud Castle, CA)
I think lots of people were swimming and saw something amazing and they dived down to find it.
angelya (home)
I think that the scuba divers are looking for something in the river that might be lost.
Ben (Wisconsin)
I see people in canoes/boats. I also see people who are scuba diving. There are a lot of skyscrapers in the background. The things that I saw that make me say that are: There are groups of 2 on the boat/canoe. The scuba divers are wearing wet suits and oxygen tanks. I also found that there are flotation devices in the water. There are about 4 boats in the water.
Trace Godwin (Cincinnati, Ohio)
In this picture I believe that people are in a boat race going down a river. The first reason is the boats are going in the same general direction. This shows that the boats are competing to get to same place. The second reason is each boat has 2 people in them to make it a team race. This shows that they are in a teamed race. The final reason is the scuba divers are near the boats to act as guides. This proves that they are in a race because the scuba divers are helping to guide the boats and proves why the boat in front is turning right to go to the right side of the river. All the reasons prove is that there is a race with the boats going in the same direction, each boat having 2 people, and why the scuba divers are there.
Ryan (New York)
I think that the people are diving for treasure of some sort in the lake, and they are wearing full scuba gear because the treasure could be anywhere in the lake. I live right near there, so I know that area pretty well.
kayla (cincinnati, Ohio)
In this picture, I think someone on one of the people's boats may have dropped something worth a lot for a example like a ring, so the scuba divers are looking for it underwater. I say this because there are many couples in the boats looking around, so something could be lost I have no clue. Also, the people could be confused about what the scuba divers are doing and the scuba divers could be looking for something valuable they heard was in the water, so they can find that valuable item.
anabelle (a house)
it looks like people swimming in a lake.
Samie (Somwhere_Over_The_Rainbow)
I think that someone in one of the boats has dropped something in the water and it must be pretty valuable because they hired a whole team of divers to find it. I could also be that someone dropped something a while back and doesn't know exactly where it is in the water which is why the divers are a bit fanned out.
Gabe (Pennsylvania)
I agree with you. However Mabye somebody flipped a boat and It sunk and the divers are trying to raise it. and my second guess is the divers they are installing the bouys to some sort of anchor underground.
Samie (Somwhere_Over_The_Rainbow)
@Gabe Yes that's an interesting hypothesis.
Tyler (Cincinnati Ohio WOMS)
In this picture it seems that there are scuba divers looking for some kind of lost item. One example is in the background there are tall buildings. This could mean that they are in the middle of a big city like New York. Another reason is the 4 men in scuba gear. This shows that they are possibly looking for something. A final reason is the people on the canoes. This shows that its not very dangerous because they are allowing people to remain in the water.
Ethan C. (Cincinnati, OH)
In this picture, scuba divers are searching for lost items. First, there are lots of people on boats and they are wearing sort of fancy clothing. This shows that anything lost could be valuable enough to search for. Other than that, there are people in scuba gear and talking to each other like they are trying to figure out where something is. This shows that there is something that is trying to be found. Lastly, there are skyscrapers, a fountain, and lots of trees so it seems like this place is in New York. New York would definitely have a lot of valuable items lost. This shows that the scuba people are searching for something that is most likely searchable for. This picture is showing people looking for things that have been lost in the water.
Jessica (Toronto, Canada)
When I looked at this image, I saw six divers swimming and wearing professional equipment with tanks and goggles. The three divers at the front are enjoying themselves but I don't know what the first diver is doing. The diver on the right of the trio might be holding a string connected to a device that helps him breathe. Further back in the pond, you can see four boats that have people looking at the scuba divers. I am assuming that this is a park because I see a fountain, people chatting, and some benches. I think this photo may have been taken 30 or 40 years ago because of the colours of the photo.
Kalia Hernandez-Mercado (milwaukee)
I see a lot of boat riding and water activities it looks like central park. I see buildings but at the same times forest and water. It looks like they are looking for something. or they could simply be looking for things to do in the summer from what i can see by the clothes on the people but that is what i see.
Xitlali (Milwaukee)
in this picture it looks like they are trying to find something. or maybe they are just having fun in the water. but I see they have goggles so that's what makes it seem like they are searching for something. I see people on boats and more people farther out.
Will (Wisconsin)
In this picture, a group of scuba divers are searching for a dead body. I saw a show once that had this exact concept. There were a group of scuba divers to find a body. There are large buildings in the background, so this could be located in the middle of a big city or large pond in the middle of that city.
Natalie (home)
In this picture it looks like they are looking for something because the scuba divers are scattered around the lake. There is also what I think is a police officer in each of the boats with a lady. Another reason I think they are looking for something is because the scuba divers and the police with the ladies are the only ones in the lake.
VF (Massachusetts)
In this photo it appears that scuba divers and people in boats are searching for something they lost. I think they are looking for a rich women's jewelry because in the boat closest to the scuba divers there is a women dressed nicely. She would have to be rich to afford those fancy clothes. I think that the scuba divers are looking for the rich women's jewelry because jewelry comes off easily and could have slipped into the lake. In addition, the women would have to be rich to afford hiring all of those scuba divers to look for her lost items. I could also see that the trees in the backround are full of leaves so this photo must have been taken in late spring or early summer.
Emily (Mi)
It looks like a public park in a big city, with a police officer in each boat, maybe to inform the citizens of whatever the divers are looking for or maybe to keep them safe, big animal in the water, something dangerous? It looks like this picture is old because it is in black and white, and the scuba equipment is old looking, it looks about daytime, maybe in the afternoon.
Marina (My House)
It looks like there swimming, but like looking treasure too.
chelsea (house)
In the picture, Maybe someone from the boats dropped something and went to the deck to ask if they can get their item back. So they sent a group of scuba divers to search for the item and then they found it at last.
Luka (California)
I looks like people enjoying a normal day in Central Park and some scuba divers are looking for something or someone.
logan (my house)
I think they are looking for something that was lost in the water
Isyriss (Rochester)
I think the people are having fun but one guy looks like he is drowning
braydon (home)
I think that the scuba divers are cleaning the river of trash.
Leo (hogwarts)
In this picture it looks like they are looking for something such as a lost item. the scuba divers scattered around the lake make me say that because they seem to be talking over and searching for one specific thing. in each boat there seems to be a police oficer which makes me think that it is something more serious than just a lost ring or wallet.
Isyriss (Rochester)
@Leo I think your right they must looking for tresure
Kalia Hernandez-Mercado (milwaukee)
@Leo i agree at least from what i can see
Jessica (Toronto, Canada)
@Leo I think that is a great observation! I mostly agree with the key points you said. It does look like the scuba divers are searching for something and discussing about it. However, it looks rather like the police officer on a date with his wife and so are the other people on the boats. I also think that only a few of them are searching for something because, in the background, you can see there are more scuba divers. So they might be just searching for something small. Nonetheless, I didn't think of what you said while I was examining the photo! Very sharp, Leo!
Ben (My house)
There are many people in boats on the river but the scuba divers want to do something different and jump into the river. Also I don't think anyone tried guessing which river this is yet so my guess is the river in Boston common.
tariya (white oak middle school)
This is a picture from the central park but, I think something is hidden or lost in the lake and the scuba divers are searching for whatever missing i know this because according to the picture the scuba divers are looking down, they have goggles. This means they are searching for something in the water. Also according to the picture there are people on the boats looking around. This proves they're helping the scuba divers look for whatever someone has lost. Another reason is according to the picture people and scuba divers are spread out in the lake and under water. This also proves the object are something that is lost could be under water.
Tyler (Cincinnati Ohio WOMS)
Good response, I agree with you.
Jessica (Toronto, Canada)
@tariya Nice, Tariya! I liked how you said why you said this! I want to know why you thought that this is a picture from Central Park. I agree mostly on this because I also had similar ideas while I was thinking. Very spot on, Tariya!
isaac (my house)
something very bright is in the top right corner. am i the only one who noticed that?
Kenza Bojji (Mn)
I really dont know but i see scuba divers
someone (school)
in the picture i see scuba divers i say this because they have scuba gear on and there in water i also theirs a park so they could be looking for treasure.
VF (Massachusetts)
@someone I read you comment and I was wondering what type of treasure they were looking for?
Ra'khi Dey (OHIO)
I noticed that this was in New York central park . Because I could see the buildings in the background. I also noticed there are only 2 people in a boat and it’s one boy and a girl per boat. According to the picture I think that there is a small investigation going on in this picture. The scuba divers were in the water doing research while there were still people in the boat this make it see like it was a small case. There is an investigation going on because there was a balloon on top of the water that proves that they were digging in the water to find the missing item.
Tyler (Cincinnati Ohio WOMS)
Great reasons why, I agree with you.
Jessica (Toronto, Canada)
@Ra'khi Dey Nice work, Ra'khi! I also agree with your points! Could you elaborate more on Central Park in New York and explain what changes were there and how is it similar to this image?
Kayla (Milwaukee)
In this picture, I think someone on one of the people on the boats may have dropped their ring something worth a lot, so the scuba divers are looking for it underwater. I say this because there are many couples in the boats looking around, so something could be lost. Also, the people could be confused about what the scuba divers are doing and the scuba divers could be looking for something valuable they heard was in the water.
Jessica (Toronto, Canada)
@Kayla You have a sharp eye, Kayla! I think the people on the boat do look confused! I just want to know why you thought it was specifically a ring that was worth a lot because it could be something else like a wallet containing money, a precious note, or something else?
Chase Bandura (Calgary Alberta)
I think that the divers are searching for something important like maybe a lost item.
Ryan (New York)
@Chase Bandura Or it could be treasure.
Trey schmidt (Wisconsin)
What i see in the picture is like people scuba diving picking out trash or just stuff that you would find like sunglasses, jewelry, etc. I think of this because I watch a YouTube channel that does stuff like this and they dress the same way with the wet-suit and the tank and the goggles.
Rock River Intermediate (Waupun, Wisconsin)
I think a team of divers looking to find an endangered species is a large city. I say this because there are tall, fancy buildings in the back and scuba divers in a lake/pond/river. one more thing that I can see is that The image has a very scenic style to it. I say this because there are loads of beautiful trees and buildings in the background. What more that I can find are, the image is black and white, mostly symbolizing that it's older and, there are multiple boats in the water.
Ricardo A. Zavala (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
From what we can see in this photograph, I believe that the scuba divers are cleaning up the trash in the water. I say this because we can see that there are round objects that appear to be balloons in the water. I can also see that there are people in boats in the water, suggesting this might be a big project to clean this area of water. It can also mean that the people in boats don't know what the scuba divers are doing and are intrigued by them.
Jessica (Toronto, Canada)
@Ricardo A. Zavala Spot on, Ricardo! How do the balloons in the water help the divers cleaning up the trash in the water? Is there more you can say about this scene?
Addison Eades (Decatur, Illinois)
What I think is going on in this picture is that the people in the scuba diving suits are looking for something that someone has lost. I say this because there are many other people who are hanging out at the lake, especially in the water or in boats, so it would be easy for someone to drop something into the water. That’s what I think is going on.
Natalie (home)
Another reason why they might be looking for something is that there are what I think are policemen on the boats.
Kennedy Smith (Milwaukee)
I feel as if the scuba divers are looking for something important that they may have lost days before. I say this because I see men in scuba diving gear all gathered around talking maybe trying to figure out where they are going to look. Another thing I see is people in boats on little dates.
Brennan (Cincinnati, Ohio)
In this picture there are people trying to find something under water. There are people in scuba suits. This means there is something under the water. There are people on row boats. This means that they can loose things in the water. It looks like it is in summer or late spring. This means that it is more comfortable outside to do outdoor activities.
Carley (Wisconsin)
In the picture people are in boats but some people are in the water too. The people in the water have what looks like scuba equipment on so this shows that those people are looking for something in the water. In the picture there are people on boats maybe they are just kayaking because they have paddles.
Kennedy Smith (Milwaukee)
I believe that people in scuba diving suits are looking for something very important like a ring. I say this because they are looking for something in a pond where a lot of couples go on dates. I also see couples in boats all around them. So this is why I believe this.
maddie (milwaukee wisconsin)
this picture shows couples in a boat in the back round and infront are scubadrivers this picture shows couples in a boat in the back round and infront are scubadrivers looking for something
Ryann (Wisconsin)
The picture looks like it was taken in New York City at a public river or lake. In the river or lake there are scuba divers trying to find an expensive diamond that a millionaire lost while canoeing. I say canoeing because there is a docking station in the way back of the picture and canoes being used in the water. New York seems like a good location guess because the trees remind me of Central Park and the buildings remind me of New York. This could be a river or lake because there is a duck in the water and poles that look like it's trying to block off going farther than that point.
Corinn (Calgary, Canada)
This is a photo of a search scene. A millionaire brought the love of his life here to propose to her, since it is a famous romantic get away in the heart of the city. As he scrambled to get the ring out of his pocket, he lost his balance and the ring fell into the pond. Knowing the incredible worth of the 4 karate diamond, the millionaire hired his own aquatic rescue squad to find the ring.
Kennedy Smith (Milwaukee)
@Corinn I believe this could have really been the situation
Jacob (Cadillac, Michigan)
@Kennedy Smith Yeah, this sounds very realistic.
person (michigan)
i think that it could be somasort of mission and they are do ing somthing to help the lake.
Isa (MI)
They're scuba divers looking for a little girls rubber duck?
Paige (Reading)
Y2 responses to picture Dexter - I think that there are divers in a river or a stream. There are also people rowing in boats. The trees might mean that they are in a park. Tyler - They look like scuba divers. I think that they could be looking for treasure. Olivia H - I think it might be New York because there aren't usually scuba diving in England. Maisey - and there are big tall buildings like you would have in a big city. Mila - I can see lots of trees around. Oscar - I think the divers might be looking for different types of fish in the lake/ river.
Dareen (Illionis)
I see Central Park in New York where people are on boats and some scuba divers enjoying the day that seem to be looking for something in the lake. I see buildings in the background as well.
Sam McNamara (John T. Hoggard High (Wilmington, NC))
This picture represents those who are "different." Notice how there are plenty of boats out on the pond doing their thing and looking totally normal. These boats are something that you would expect to see on a pond like this, right? Now look at the scuba divers. They look out of place in a city like this; they look as though they don't really belong. Beyond that, they're all grouped together like a pack of friends would be. To me, this says that those who are different in society tend to find one another and stick together. There are many reasons that these divers could have grouped together, but I believe it is because life is so much easier when you have a group of people who are like you. With a group comes a feeling of safety, and I believe that this picture is a good representation of that idea.
Kayla (Milwaukee)
@Sam McNamara I think this is a very unique way of interpreting the picture.
Mahdi (IL)
I see couples on a boat, i say that because it seems like a nice place for a couple to enjoy their time. I see scuba divers, they seem to be swimming in scuba diving gear leading me to think they are scuba diving for fun. I see ducks in the water and a crowd in the back walking around enjoying the time and view with families and friends.
Nyla (Cincinnati,Oh)
In this picture, a man is drowning or being attacked by something during couples event in the late 1900s. The picture is black and white which shows that the picture was taken in the late 1900s. There are two people per boat which proves that it started out as a couples activity. There s a man in the back with no scuba gear which prove that he is drowning or being attacked plus there is a scuba driver who looks like they are swimming towards the man. Everyone is looking in the mans direction which shows that something eye catching happened.
Paloma Rodriguez (White oak middle School Ohio)
I think the scuba divers are a group of friends that look for stuff people drop in lakes that are valuable and could sell them for a profit and also to clean the lakes. I think this because if they were looking for someone or if they were looking for harmful bacteria, no one would be able to be on the lake. Everyone looks like there are having a good time and the scuba diver in the forefront is smiling and the other ones are talking to each other.I think someone lost something of very high value. Because if it were not very important, then it would not make sense that there are about 7 scuba-divers in the water.There must be some type of event or hunt going on, because there are about eight or more divers in the water, and even more people in boats, all looking around. I think they are in the lake because you can see that they are in a river or something.the photo looks like it was taken in the 40s because it is in black and white.I think they are in some are enjoying the weather and decided to scuba
John Ali Ruf (Ojai, CA)
This is a 1960's advertisement for New York's "New and Improved" aquatic and recreational center. It is trying to portray America's "average" family, couple, friend group enjoying another "delightful" day at the club. Their "motto" is bluntly put over the page stating,"A Little Cash, For So Much More."
Denise Seats (Benton Harbor)
What I see are scuba divers and people having a good time out on the lake.
Alissa strasser (home)
I think in this picture there are people scuba divers trying to find something and other people on boats. I know this because in the picture there are people in the water wearing wet suits and there are a bunch of boats so the scuba divers can jump off of them. So my caption is scuba divers swimming for things.
Alex (Bay Area)
We think that the scuba divers are repairing a broken pipe under the pond.
Aaron (Cadillac, Michigan)
Hi Everyone, I was wondering whether the real caption of this image has been revealed yet? If so, it would be incredible if someone would direct me to the location of the caption. Thanks for the help with this assignment, Aaron
Michael (New York City)
@Aaron We reveal the original caption on Thursday afternoons. Stayed tuned.
Lizbeth Ciranda (SEMHS)
In this picture I see divers, people rowing in their boats, sitting on the benches and some buildings in the background. It seems as if they are all enjoying a nice summer day. The are all having fun. Something that caught my attention is that it looks as if a scuba diver might havefound something because he/she took off their mask. This photo is also black and white which may mean that it's an old picture.
Raghad (Chicago)
In this picture I see people scuba diving and others are on rowboats in a lake. I think they're doing these activities because this is what some people would do in their summer, spend it out in the sun. And of course in this heat, more people would be doing water activities.
Elizabeth (Cincinnati Ohio)
There are just a group of scuba divers diving. It looks like an event in the lake. Looks like people are just having fun. The scuba divers are looking for items at the bottom of the lake. It looks like this place is downtown because there are a lot of buildings and trees in the background.
Eliayza (South El Monte)
I see scuba divers who seem to be looking for something. I say this because some of them are looking down into the water. I think its maybe an activity only the divers are playing because the people don't seem to be doing the same. They look busy talking with the person accompanying them on the boat. I want to say that the 2 people are couples but on 2 of the 4 boats i notice one person in those two that look to be wearing some kind of uniform and hat.
Lydia (California)
In this picture, there are people canoeing in a lake, as well as people scuba diving. There are also grassy hills and tall buildings in the background, which shows that this place is in a park in a big city, perhaps New York or Los Angeles. I would guess that this is Central Park in New York, only because I can't think of any places that look like this in Los Angeles.
Raghad (Chicago)
I see people are rowboats and some are scuba diving in a lake. I think they're doing this because it's how most people would spend their summer days, out in the sun, doing some type of water activity because of the heat.
Sarah (USA)
This picture was clearly taken a long time ago as its black and white. Also, I think it was taken in New York due to pictures I have seen before. The scuba divers could possibly be searching for valuable objects that more privilege people have dropped, such as the people who are in canoes. I know they are scuba divers because of the gear they're wearing.
Nelson (L.)
In this picture, it seems like the divers in the water are investigating something. The reason I'm saying this is because it seems like the scuba divers are scattered in this body of water. Usually, if people are in groups or split up, they are trying to find something. The people on the boat just look like they are enjoying a lovely Saturday afternoon. I believe this because the weather is nice, so it seems like a good thing to do, based on the weather.
Lizbeth Ciranda (SEMHS)
In this picture I see scuba divers, couples on row boats, buildings in the background and people sitting on the benches. It seems as if they all enjoying a hot summer day. The scuba divers are all looking for something. What I see that makes me say this is that one of the scuba divers found something and took off their mask. I also noticed that the picture is black and white which might mean that this is an old picture.
Willem (Inverness, IL)
Central Park in NYC. A lake with people learning to scuba dive. I think this because if they are looking for something, people are usually not allowed to be there. There are also buildings in the background, and I think that is Harlem because it is to the north.
Carly Martinez (Don Riggio)
I see New York Central park and many activities are held there for example I see people enjoying a nice boat ride, it looks like a group of scuba divers are also enjoying the day maybe even looking for something on the bottom of the lake. I also see lots of buildings around which makes me think there is a lot of people living in this city.
Hazel (NYC)
This picture is of central park. I can tell that there are some boats on the water and in the front, people are scubadiving. I think they're doing it for fun because I can see a line of buoys in the water that could be dividing the scubadivers from the people who are rowing.
Jenevieve A. (SEMHS)
There are couples on rowboats in a lake. I say that because there is only room for two people and it has a male and a female, and buildings are surrounding the area therefore it's not an ocean. There are also ducks in the water and ducks typically stay in ponds or lakes. There are also scuba divers in the water. You can tell they're scuba divers because of there equipment and wetsuit. The area the body of water is in looks nice so they may be looking for lost objects underwater. The people are in a city. I say that because there are tall buildings in the background. There are also big trees surrounding the water. It is a sunny day in the photo. The sky has no clouds and the water is reflective. You can also see the shade the trees make since the sun is out. There are couples on rowboats in a lake. I say that because there is only room for two people and it has a male and a female, and buildings are surrounding the area therefore it's not an ocean. There are also ducks in the water and ducks typically stay in ponds or lakes. There are also scuba divers in the water. You can tell they're scuba divers because of there equipment and wetsuit. The area the body of water is in looks nice so they may be looking for lost objects underwater. The people are in a city. I say that because there are tall buildings in the background. It is a sunny day in the photo. The sky has no clouds and the water is reflective.
Raghad (Chicago)
@Jenevieve A. I like how detailed you are with descriptions of the picture while others are just saying the simple things like there's people in a lake, some scuba diving and some on rowboats.
will (north west local)
I think the scuba divers are a group of friends that look for stuff people drop in lakes that are valuable and could sell them for a profit and also to clean the lakes. I think this because if they were looking for someone or if they were looking for harmful bacteria, no one would be able to be on the lake. Everyone looks like there are having a good time and the scuba diver in the forefront is smiling and the other ones are talking to each other.
Sean (Wadmalaw)
I think someone lost something of very high value. Because if it were not very important, then it would not make sense that there are about 7 scuba-divers in the water. I know that the shot was taken from the Boathouse, then maybe the person who was in charge of opening the Boathouse in the morning was coming to open the boathouse and dropped the keys into the lake. Or a Boathouse customer drank a little too much and fell in.
Lily (Canada)
i think that its in a city possibly because of the building and the scubadivers are probably trying to pick up garbage or maybe they throw coins or something on their dates for luck
Sean (Wadmalaw)
@Lily it's new york
Elinor (Boston)
There are people trying to have a romantic date while the scuba divers are looking for special bacteria in the water. It's in the 50s because of the outfit the lady is wearing.
gabriel navarro (california)
I think I see diver in lake and couples rowing boat on the lake. That make me say that because there's diver with oxygen tank and there is people rowing a boats and having romantic time. It seem like the lake is at a park. Also, the picture is black and white. The top building catch my eyes and make me think the place is at New York.
Alexander (SEMHS)
This appears to take place in a big park with large mossy looking trees and the big skyscrapers in the back give me the sense that this park could be located in New York as we go down the image we see what could be the center of the park i can find a large fountain and benches surrounding it as we go further down we find a very big lake which takes up the majority of the picture there are couples throughout the lake riding in row boats in the very bottom of the image we can see scuba divers who i guess are actually part of a search team and looking for something in the water because it looks like there are several objects scattered through the lake
Arianna B. (Milwaukee)
I think they are trying to find something very valuable in this picture, or their can be a lost child in the water that they are trying to find.There is a lot of people in the water with boats, and some people in the water are kinda like wearing scuba clothing with glasses to see underwater. I also see that people are looking everywhere, we can find more if they tell us if whatever they were trying to look for got found.
Christopher (Cincinnati.Ohio)
I believe in this picture that something very valuable is in the water that many people want to find or someone has lost. I believe this because I see scuba divers in the water looking like they are trying to find somethig.In the background I can also see people looking left and right as if they were looking for smoething or are trying to find something.This shows that something is in the water and what people are doing right now is trying to look for whatever is in the water.
Miore (Cincinnati Ohio)
What’s going on in the picture is there is a search crew looking for a dead body. What I see that makes me think that is because I see a lot of search crews in the water and there are people on the boats so maybe they smelled or spotted something and are trying to find the body. What more I can find is that there is one scuba diver trying to go underwater to find something and that it is a river so it is easy.
will (north west local)
@Miore If there was a body in the lake, I think the lake would be closed to the public .
Ms. Enderle (WOMS)
@will Good point, Will!
Ethan C. (Cincinnati, OH)
@Miore Those people on the boats look like normal people. Why would people still be on boats enjoying the day if there is a dead body in the water?
Danielle Feuchter (Cincinnati, Ohio)
There is a race going on in the 1950’s or 60’s, and people can go in a canoe or use a scuba-suit to race. This can be inferred because there are people in canoes, and swimsuits, and are about to reach an area that looks like a dock or a porch. There isn’t much pond or lake area left, making the scene look like these people are at the finish line of a race.
Angelica (Cincinnati, OH)
The people in scuba masks are looking for something in the water. Since this is a pond in a public park they might be looking for something someone lost. Since there are people in boats someone who rode a boat may have dropped something. The public park seems like an area where tourists go a lot. Since this is an area where tourists are common, people are bound to lose things and the people in scuba suits are looking for lost belongings.
Pawan (Cincinnati, Ohio)
I think that the scuba divers are looking for the scuba equipment they dropped in center park in new york, and the other people are just enjoying being outside. One reason I say this is because there seems to be random scuba equipment on the lake like the scuba tank that's floating on the lake. Another reason I say this is because there's a lake and trees and skyscrapers. I think it's fair to say this is in New york. The last reason is that people just seem to be enjoying their day like the few people on boats, if something dangerous was in the water people wouldn't be out there.
Lola (NYC)
I think this is in Central Park, in New York City, and since odd and unusual stuff always happens in NYC I think that the scuba divers are having a competition to see which one of them can find the most peculiar thing at the bottom or someone dropped something in the pond and the first person to find it wins something.
Isabelle Leal (Marlborough High School)
In this picture, I see a park close to large buildings in the city and in that park there is a fountain and many people. Some people are on a boat and other people are diving in the river or lake with the proper wetsuit, maybe they are looking for something.
Savi (Spokane)
I think that just because this picture is black and white doesn't mean it is old. Scuba diving was invented 1942, so it was probably after that since they have tanks on their backs.
d.hart (white oak middle)
People are at a lake. There are people having fun at the lake. people are scuba diving at the lake.
gabe (michigan)
I think that it is a bunch of people going back to the old days to celebrate how far we have come. and scuba divers are cool
Nicholas Schell (White oak middle school)
The scuba divers are searching for something they lost in a park while some of the other people are on boat dates in the park. The people in the water are in scuba gear and diving in the park pond. This proves that They are searching for something they lost in the pond. There is lots of trees surrounding the pond and in the distance, there are lots of tall buildings. This proves that they are in a city park. There are mostly only two people on the boats. This proves that some of them are on boat dates.
Charlotte Saxton (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
I see in this picture a bunch of people in a park lake/pond in a city. There must be some type of event or hunt going on, because there are about eight or more divers in the water, and even more people in boats, all looking around. Maybe they are looking for something that was lost several years ago and is of great value now, or maybe they are looking for someone missing. Either way, the divers definitely seem to be looking for something. The only thing that confuses me is that the couples in the boat don’t seem to be looking around, they just seem to be there for fun, and are even dressed nice. I don’t think they are also looking, but are just there on a boat ride.
Oskar (Los angeles)
I think its just a bunch of divers. They could be looking for something. Seems more or less like they are just diving in the pond at a park, which is funny because its heavily symbolic of society enjoying nature when we have a role in its creation. If this is in central park, then yea, the most compact city's excuse for itself, a large mat of green and water surrounded by concrete. Are people expected to dive in the Hudson?
Jack LaPine (San Diego, California)
I think that the farthest scuba diver that doesn't have a mask has found something or done something that has grabbed everybody's attention.
Velma (New York)
There is just a few guys scuba diving while everybody else in the lake are in boats, and also, the people in boats are looking oddly concerned why there is just some gear discarded in the lake.
Lainey (Massachusetts)
It looks like people are scuba diving but it seems weird for them to be scuba diving in a regular pond so I thought they could be looking for something that maybe somebody accidentally dropped in the water. I also noticed that people are on rowboats in the background so it could be easy for someone to drop something in the water. I also noticed that they are in a city so the people in the rowboats are probably the tourist.
Myra (MIlwaukee)
1- What is going on in this picture? - I think this event takes place in New York. It looks like it's summers. People came to enjoy the weather with a partner, but something happened that caused the divers to search the lake. Or, it also looks like it can be a competition. 2- What do you see that makes you say that? I assume that it's by the big building in the back. You can say that it's summer by how they are dressed. I said it can be a competition because there is a floating thing by each boat. 3- What more can you find? - I think there are a least 7- divers in the water. It also looks like some people are watching in the back. There are some good trees in the back too.
Arianna (Milwaukee)
In this picture, it appears that there is this scuba diving team and I think that they're looking for something in the water which might be an object. What I see to make me think that is because it is a group of them and some of them are spread out. Also, I think that they're just people having fun and going scuba diving just because. I say this because there are people in the background on boats.
Shelbie (WY)
I'm getting a central park, New York sorta vibe from this photo. In the background, it looks very romantic; a pristine lake, couples walking along the banks, couples in rowboats. But then suddenly there are scuba divers? All I could think of is a romantic date. Some are walking, others are in boats, but you and your date are scuba diving looking at the local speciman underwater and perhaps some conspiracy treasure. Not the ideal date in what I assume was in the 40's or 50's
Layla (Oconomowoc)
I think it might be a search party for an object or person. I say this because I think one of the people in the boats in the back looks like a police officer of some sorts. It however could just be an event or people scuba diving and boating for fun.
Tianna (Milwaukee, WI)
This is definitely an old picture and it appears that people are scuba diving and possibly looking for something because in every boat there is a woman and a man which means that the women are rowing the boats for the men while they look into the water to find something. Also all the people that are actually in the water are going deep down to see if they could find what their looking for.
Lane (Ohio)
It appears that in this picture they are looking for a broken or lost object in the water. When you look at the picture you can see police officers in boats. And there are a lot of police. This means that this is a serious issue. They are trying to get something done or look for something. A second reason this is people trying to find something is because they have scuba divers with goggles all over the pond. They are looking under water for something. Looking deeply throughout the pond. Another reason why they are looking for something is because there are very little people in the background. They don’t want too many people around when they are looking so they blocked them off.
Demarion McClain (Milwaukee)
They are diving i say this because the things that they are wearing and i could find where they are by looking at the surroundings
Cayden (middletown)
People are at a lake. There are people boating at the lake. people are scuba diving at the lake.
sydney johnson (milwaukee)
I believe this picture is just some fun by the people in the background there wearing dresses and looks like there somewhere they actually want to be like a type of venue the divers look like the posed for the picture it's just some people having a good
Ian (Cincinnati, Ohio)
I think that something was spilled in the lake and people are trying to look for it. My first reason I think this is because you see four people in scuba gear and there looking around. This shows that something was spilled in the river and there trying to find it. My second reason that the people that are in the boats are all looking down in the water. This shows how something was spilled I the water and they are trying to find it. And my last reason is There is debrigh in the water. This shows how there was something spoiled In the water and people are trying to find it. This evidence shows why I think that the people in the picture are looking for something spilled in the water.
d.hart (white oak middle)
@Ian good job
Ethan C. (Cincinnati, OH)
@Ian The people on the boat look like ordinary people. Why would they be boating across the water if something was spilled in the water?
Madelon (Cincinnati,Ohio)
I think that someone has lost something valuable in the river while they were boating on a nice spring day. I think this because there are people bout in boats maybe helping look or this was at the moment when they had lost their valuable item. Another thing is that there are divers out in the river probably helping search for the lost item. I also saw how the trees were in bloom in the back making me believe that this is a nice spring day.
Ian (Cincinnati, Ohio)
@Madelon I agree to this they have lost something and there trying to find it. They would not have scuba gear on just swimming around they have a task to fulfill.
nima (Chicago)
From 8 and 10 year old: We think the people are scuba-diving looking for unusual sea creatures or non-native fish or fish that may have been thought to be extinct or rare. The people in the boats might also be looking for them too. This looks like it's in NYC.
Payton (Milwaukee)
I think this picture was taken in the summer and people are scuba diving because something bad happened and the people in the boat were just having fun and relaxing until something bad happened so they had to leave.
Tianna (Milwaukee, WI)
@Payton I totally agree with you.
Marquila Barnett (Whiteoak Middle School)
I think 4 men in scuba diving attire are looking for something while people are on boat dates. My first piece of evidence is that there's people in boats on the river(2). This means they could be couples on dates. My second piece of evidence is that their are 4 men in scuba diving outfits. This shows they could be looking for something important. My last piece of evidence is that their in the park. This proves what their looking for can only be found in the park.
Cayden (middletown)
@Marquila Barnett i think your prediction is very acurate and makes a lot of sence.
Megna (Parsippany, New Jersey)
In the picture, you see people scuba-diving, people on a boats, and ducks all in the water. I see people with scuba-diving gear on, and I see people holding paddles while they're on the boat, showing that they're rowing on a boat. They're also looking for something contaminated in the water. There's also (like I mentioned before) paddles, trees, and buildings.
Chloe (Milwaukee)
There are people scuba diving and there are some people in boats enjoying their day. At the bottom of the picture there scuba diving and in the background u can see the people in boats. you can see that they are in a river.
Elaria (NH)
I think they are scuba diving. I think they are trying to look for something. I think this was taken a long time ago because the photo is in black and white.
Brianna G. (White Oak Middle School)
I think that this picture was taken at a fun and relaxing kind of venue. I believe that everyone is simply having a good, fun time and enjoying the nature. The divers are diving because they like and want too, the people who are rowing in boats are just having fun and relaxing outdoors. I think that everyone is just enjoying the weather and having a good time.
Katherine (New Jersey)
1.)Based on the clothing the lady in the boat is wearing, this photo too place in the early 1900's, and the city background along with the fountain hints that this could be Central Park. So I guess that this is a picture of people rowing at central park (which people still do today). 2.)Again, the clothing is a big hint to the time period, and the landscapes looks like Central Park in New York, which has a similar fountain. 3.)There's a weird thing in the center, but I can't tell what it is.
Avila (California)
What I can see in this photo is a a lake with people scuba diving and i also see four boats with people having fun on a summer day in New York city.
Zachary (California)
First question. I think this photo was taken at some sort of attraction or festival, featuring a sort of romance theme. As for the scuba divers, they could be there for a number of reasons. Maybe they are helping clean up the trash that may lay in the river. They also might be there to repair attraction machines, like small water cannons. They could also be installing/operating these machines. Second question. The reason I thought of attraction was because of the couples in each of the bouts, as well as the water booies surrounding them. That makes me think of a "love river" ride, or something like that. There was also a city nearby, which made me think of a pop-up festival made to attract city people. Finally, there were the scuba divers. I thought if this was an attraction, they would have something to do with it. Some sort of underwater job to help facilitate the ride. That was the best explanation I could come up with.
Brianna G. (White Oak Middle School)
@Zachary I totally agree with you! I thought around the same thing as you are saying. Now that I read your reasons for scuba divers being there I agree with you more than I agree with what I said myself.
Story (Middletown ohio)
I think people were having a fun day then something happened so divers had to come and do something about it and people had to row away in row boats. What made me think that is people look scared as they row away and the divers are farther.
Arianna (Milwaukee)
@Story I agree. I kind of thought the same thing when I first seen the picture. But you made me think about it more and I like your explanation better.
Michael (salem)
What i see in this picture are men scuba diving, and I think there probably looking for something important. There are other people in a boat ( two in one ), which I think means there probably out on dates, and there are really tall buildings in the back round of the picture which makes me think that the picture was taken recently. What makes me say that is the one of the scuba divers has a magnifying glass which indicates that hes looking for something, and the buildings are tall, and modern looking so i decided that this picture must be recently taken. Other things i can find in this picture are the ball in the water, the trees, the oars, and the water fountain.
Marquila Barnett (Whiteoak Middle School)
@Michael I agree because of the people being in the boats.
Malachi (Salem,Massachusetts)
To answer the first question, what I see in this picture are a lot of things. One of the many things that I see in this picture are scuba divers, I see many people in boats, most of the boats include more than one or one per boat. I also see a magnifying glass in one of the scuba divers hands. I also see a duck looking creature in the middle right of the picture. I see tall buildings in the background distance, which means that it was taken recently? To answer the second question what makes me say this is because of how tall the buildings are which means it isn't as old is it seems. There are multiple scuba divers which mean there must be looking for something important. And with all of the boats, all of the people must be going on dates or just enjoying there day.
Brianna G. (White Oak Middle School)
@Malachi I agree with you! I think that the scuba divers could be looking for something and I think that the people in boats are either on dates or just enjoying the day.
kylee (Cincinnati, Ohio)
In this picture men are diving for something like a ring or valuable item someone had lost while boating. The men are close together and have gear for scuba diving, this led me to believe that they were looking for something. Also the conversation between the two divers made me think they were communicating about where to look or what they had found. There are people in boats, that's what made me think someone had lost something while boating.
Nicholas Schell (White oak middle school)
@kylee I agree with you that the people diving are looking for a lost item and I think the people on boats are on a date or just relaxing in the park.
oscar (Onaway)
in this picture is see people are scoops diving and boating. I think that because people have suits on in the water and have boats. I think that people are scope diving because for research. And i think people are boating because they want to go fishing.
Alijah Cleve (Benton Harbor High School)
In this picture , I see people swimming with diving gear as if they’re searing for something valuable. I also see many couples on boats. I also see many plants and trees. This picture is in black and white but it looks as if it was a sunny day at a park. If I am describing this picture in the wrong way I would like to know what’s really going on.
Moses (Cinci,OH.)
I think that a couple had lost a ring or something important of value. I see there are scuba divers crowded in one place above water. This shows the are trying to communicate to see if they had found it. I also see men and women on boats in a lake. This shows that this may be a place were couples come on dates. Also this picture is in black and white.This shows that it isn't modern day
Zaryiona Williams (Benton Harbor high school,MI)
I see that the picture was taken back in time. There is scuba divers in the water doing activities. I also see couples in boats that looks like their on dates. If I look father back I see people walking so I assume that this is a park. I say this because the picture is black and white and the scuba divers are in groups. It’s a nice day and people are walking. If I am wrong I want to figure out what is actually going on in this picture? To conclude my comment this is what I see in this picture.
Xuan Manh (Singapore)
The picture seems kinda old because of no color, only black, and white. Also, the style of the people fashion here seems to be 19 centuries. people here enjoy what they allowed to do in the public park which is scuba diving, driving a boat. It illegal to do that now a day but I guess its not a big deal in the picture during 19 centuries.
Maegan Money (Singapore)
This picture is set in New York around the 1990's. There are many people in rowing boats rowing around. There are also people scuba diving. I think that the scuba divers are probably doing some kind of underwater exercises. The people who are rowing the boat are there to have a good time. Many of the people that are on the boats looks like they are on dates. There are multiple buoys, they could be markers for the divers. The Divers could also be there finding things in the water that people have lost in the past. The park is Probably the Central Park in New York. The fountain in the background looks like the Weeping Willows fountain. I noticed that on the top right hand corner of the picture there is a pink smudge. The picture was taken back when there were only black and white camera because of the little details that are there.
Charlotte Saxton (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
@Maegan Money It does seem like this was taken in New York City when you look around in this picture like you said. The buildings and surroundings do look similar to Central Park, and it would make sense as to why so many people are there. I also agree that this photo seems to be taken decades ago, not only because it is in black and white, but also because of the clothes worn by the couples.
Caleb (Miami)
It looks like scuba divers (or some equivalent) are rising from the water after searching down the depth. I think this because there are a few other divers coming up just behind the main ones. Of course, there's also the fact that the picture is in black and white along with the noticeable presence of other people in boat who don't seem to be searching themselves.
Jordan S (Ohio Cinncinati)
In this picture I know that they are trying to find stuff that fell out of the boat. There are scuba divers in many places, and this proves that they are trying to find something because they are all in different spots. Another reason is that in the 2020’s they would have better ways to find things other than scuba drivers. This shows that this was a long time ago because they didn’t have that many ways back then to find things. The picture was also in black and white. This means that this was a long time ago because they didn’t have the technology.
Jordan S (Ohio Cinncinati)
In this picture I know that they are trying to find stuff that fell out of the boat. There are scuba divers in many places, and this proves that they are trying to find something because they are all in different spots. Another reason is that in the 2020’s they would have better ways to find things other than scuba drivers. This shows that this was a long time ago because they didn’t have that many ways back then to find things. The picture was also in black and white. This means that this was a long time ago because they didn’t have the technology.
Alexa AOSE (AOSE)
It seems like there is a team of scuba divers searching for something in the pond. The pond looks like it's in a recreational space, most likely a park. There are rowboats operated by what looks like happy couples or tourists, and there are a several docks encompassing them. The tall buildings in the background indicate that this park is in a city or urban location. Based on the quality of the photo, it looks like this occurred in the 1900s. From what I can see of the woman's clothes on the boat, her apparel appears to be light. This could mean that this is a sunny day at a park.
Sha’niya (Benton Harbor High School)
What I think is going on in the picture is that the people are looking for something in the water that very important or trying to save someone what makes me think that is because there’re scuba divers in the water also some are underwater also their are people walking around and I see a speaker so I think that it maybe a celebration or something more that I can find is the buildings so it look like they maybe in New York somewhere.
Calvin W (Singapore)
As I look at the picture, I can see it happened a few years ago as the picture is black and white. And I think the events that are happening in this picture is that there are scuba divers in the pond and the reasons are maybe they are there to check the water condition in the pond. In the background, there are people rowing boats which might mean there is a special event happening where people are required to rowboats and the scuba divers are there to ensure the safety of the people taking part in the activity.
Sophia Santos-Pearcy (Singapore)
In this photo, which appears to be quite a dated one, a lake is depicted, several rowboats floating on the surface, with a seemingly large city behind the lake, due to the skyscrapers. Besides the rowboats, which are common to see in a park lake, there are multiple scuba divers bobbing along the surface, some in groups, some alone. This is what particularly stands out int he image. Why would anyone want to scuba dive in a small, often dirty, city lake? Well, there are multiple scenarios this picture might have captured, one being that maybe these people, especially the ones in groups, are training for a diving certificate they would like to attain in the future. The solo divers may be instructors, or more advanced divers joining in for the sake of it. Another possible reason for the divers in the lake is that, due to the large city surrounding the park, there is no greater body of water nearby such as a sea, so the divers settled for diving in the lake, despite missing out on the riveting experience of swimming with sea creatures you might never see otherwise, or being able to view firsthand beautiful coral reefs and it's inhabitants, or simply being in the deep blue.
Shanzeh (Singapore)
In this picture it seems like it takes place during the late 1900's of an area in America, possibly New York. The photo seems to depict people enjoying the weather and having a day out since the full trees indicate a hotter climate. There are also scuba divers which show that the water is deeper than apparent. The groups of people and tall buildings indicate a large city, and the western clothing indicate an area in America.
Alexa AOSE (AOSE)
It looks like this photo was taken in the 1900s. Based on the color and quality of the photo, it looks older. We can see that the woman in the boat is very light and revealing clothes, this indicates that it could be summertime. There looks to be a scuba diving team in the pond, which could mean they are looking for something important. The rowboats surrounded by the trees tell me that this pond is in a park, and the tall buildings behind it signal that this could be in a large city or urban area.
Cael C (San Diego)
The image is old because of the architecture of the clothing and it is black and white. The divers in the lake seem to be looking for something. my initial prediction was they were trying to extract some fort of potency from the lake. but they don't have any extraction devices. Everybody else on the lake is in boats and are paddling away from these divers, therefore leading me to believe they're looking for something potentially dangerous. The buildings towering over the lake mean that the image is in some big urban city, like new york or chigago.
Kalynn (Cincinnati (OH))
In this picture, a group of scuba divers are trying to find a lost ring. The cluster of scuba divers under the water, this proves that they are looking for something that fell into the water. The conversation between the divers above water, this shows that they are trying to figure out if one of them has found the ring or places they haven't looked yet. Lastly, the normal people in the canoes or boats show that it isn't that bad of an emergency like someone would assume.
Marquila Barnett (Whiteoak Middle School)
@Kalynn I agree because I also thing their trying to find something that's lost that is valuable.
Ian (Cincinnati, Ohio)
@Kalynn I can agree with this they are obviously trying to find something.
Nicholas Schell (White oak middle school)
@Kalynn I agree that the divers are looking for something lost and I think the people on boats are just enjoying their day.
Lisa Mannien (SAIS, Singapore, Singapore)
This image looks like it was taken around the early/mid-1900s in New York's Central Park as this looks like it's a park somewhere in a big city. I believe the scuba divers are out diving for a movie and the people in rowboats are actors/actresses.
Christopher (Cincinnati.Ohio)
@Lisa Mannien I stronlgy believe what you said since you wouldn't see scuba divers swimming where people are on rowboats.
Charlotte AOSE (Academy of Saint Elizabeth)
This picture looks like it was taken in the 60s or 70s, judging from the attire of the woman in the boat and the fact that the photo is black and white. The men in diving suits are all concentrated in one area near a buoy, which leads me to believe they might be looking for something specific. Behind the trees is a city skyline, and the lake and park area seems to be a tranquil break from the urban vicinity. The city looks like it could be New York. I think that, aside from the scuba divers, it is possible that it could be valentines day because of the couples in the boats.
Ashleigh A (Singapore)
The black and white makes the picture look nostalgic and it looks like something that took place years ago. It's a lake where people can row boats and scuba dive in. The divers are diving and seem content with what they are doing because of their body language. It also looks like a developed city because of the buildings in the background.
Mallory Spillard (Monrovia, CA)
What I see in this picture is of people on a summer vacation either in a rowboat or scuba diving. Other commenters have said that the photograph looks old because it is in black and white. However, I would like to comment that this photograph is placed in a newspaper which are in black and white. Getting back to what I see, the scuba divers in the foreground seem to be discussing something. They may also be searching for something in the water as we see some of the scuba divers looking down into the water with their goggles on and full scuba diving suits. In the background I see a city, that since this is a New York Times magazine, I assume this photograph was taken in New York. This can be viewed from the photographer as summer in the city. However, the second point of view depicts a scuba diver taking scuba diving lessons and somebody taking his picture. What I see in the picture that makes me say that is a scuba diver in the foreground looking directly at the camera. I can also agree with the assumption that the photograph may seem old. I think this picture is old not because it's in black-and-white but because of what the people in the rowboats are wearing, also known as a fashion trend. Also, we see rowboats and what we can assume is Central Park. This can lead to the assumption that this photograph was taken before this era.
will (north west local)
@Mallory Spillard I agree.
Bethany (Singapore)
This photo could have been taken sometime in the 1940s as the image is black and white. There appear to be several couples riding on some rowing boats so maybe it could be an activity in a local park. If there could be some kind of story, maybe the nearest couple on the "love boat"; the man wanted to propose to the woman but he lost the ring so he asked these scuba divers to find it for him.
Moses (Cinci,OH.)
@Bethany i agree
Howard (South Korea)
They are in NYC just practicing how to diving in a lake. And people are kayaking.
Luis (Singapore)
It is a normal day in the park in the 1900s with couples rowing their boats, walking, and others doing their own activities like scuba diving. I say this because there are multiple boats with people inside and divers. In the distance, there are people walking on the paths. I also believe that this photo was taken in the 1900s as many of the clothes are old and the photo is black and white.
Christopher (Cincinnati.Ohio)
@Luis I can see why you think it is a normal day but in a normal day you woudn't see four scuba divers just swimming.
Segev (Singapore)
I think that the people are exploring the river. While the SCUBA divers have fairly sophisticated SCUBA gear (considering the photo isn't in color, so it must be fairly old), the people on the boats are wearing casual clothes. There are a lot of people in the river, and the big amount of divers leads me to believe that this is a river that has either been open to the public recently, so people are exploring the river, or that there is a large amount of fish or marine life, that people are coming to see.
Connor C. (Cincinnati Ohio.)
In this picture, I believe that they are looking for something in the lake. It may be a person or an object. The reason I say that is because they have a police officer in one of the boats, I can tell that because of the way he is dressed. You can see all the people on the side waiting. That's what I think is going on in the picture.
Damien M (Manistee MI)
it looks like an old kind of event that takes place some time in the late 1900's. I think that because of the equipment looks to be older and no color.
Jordan S (Ohio Cinncinati)
@Damien M That was a good start.
Elliott Johnson (San Diego)
I would guess that this picture in placed in a large urban city such as New York, though the scene looks to be an older, maybe the 1900's. there is a large pound that people can swim in and ride boats through. there are as well a large verity of different trees. the scuba divers in the pound look as if they are fixing something or possibly looking for something. the picture looks to be older because of the lack of color in the photo, the divers also seem to have older gear, in addition the boats look older as well. in conclusion the picture is older.
Connor C. (Cincinnati Ohio.)
@Elliott Johnson I agree with you, this picture was most likely taken in New York due to the background of the picture, as seen in many movies. I agree with you completely nice work.
reagl (boston)
i think this is old because its black and white.it seems like its spring because the trees are droppy the buildings look like the photo was taken in boston the people in the scuba gear might be looking for clams and oysters for restraunts
Claire Chen (San Diego)
I think that this scene takes place in a big industrial city. I think this lake was not meant for scuba diving because the people in the boats look really confused. They're just watching the divers and not really paddling. I think the divers might be looking for something in the water or have a plan to do something since the divers closer to the camera seem like they are discussing something. This is probably an older photo because it's black and white, the scuba diver gear doesn't look super advanced, and the clothing the boat riders are wearing.
sebastian borden (Wenatchee, WA)
This picture is in black and white, which shows that it could have been taken in an older time. In every boat, there is a man and a woman who are holding hands or talking. This shows that this could be a loveboat ride, like at amusement parks. This shows that the scuba divers could be looking for a lost object, maybe the ring of a couple that proposed.
Benjamin (Wenatchee, WA)
There are many couples rowing on a boat on this lake. On the side of this lake there are many weeping willow trees, and a dock at the end. This appears to be in New York because it is in the New York because its in the New York times newspaper. Also there are scuba divers maybe diving for some lost possessions. This also appears to be in black in white, so predating at least the last 30 years. Finally there is roughly 1600 tiles on the big building.
Jerome and Rose (Baltimore, MD)
There are scuba divers and people rowing on the lake. I believe that it's in New York because of the tall buildings and this is the New York Times. There are Weeping Willows a fountain and things that I thought were ducks but might be scuba diver heads. It might be from several years ago because it's black and white. There is a pink smear in the right top corner so it might have been damaged before it was copied.
Evren (Texas)
I think people are either looking for something in the water like a animal or a plant or they are going on tours.
Kalynn (Cincinnati (OH))
@Evren I agree with the looking for something part of your response.
Ned Egan (Glenbard West, Glen Ellyn, IL)
This picture, which appears to be from an older time, depicts a city park, with a lake, filled with not only rowboats, and their operators, but also several scuba divers, emerging from the water, in this unlikely scene. The peculiar nature of this photograph at first perplexed me, but soon the story of it seemed to unfold. From what I can gather, these divers, who likely live in the city adjacent to this lake, are not located by any major body of water, and are either unable or unwillingly to make the journey to one. Still, they yearn to go scuba diving, leading them to perform such an act within the park lake, located in the city. While not as fulfilling an experience as swimming among vast coral reefs, the divers still find enjoyment, while many park-goers glance over in confusion. The greatest bafflement, however, comes from the unassuming riders of the rowboats.
Jude Lucido (Hoggard High School, Wilmington NC)
This picture is showing people enjoying a day in a lake near their city. We can see people in boats above the water, and people in scuba gear, about to go under. I think this picture was taken in the 1940s-1950s.
Ansel L. (Washington DC)
In this picture there are 8 scuba divers. In this picture there are 5 buoys. In this picture there are 9 boats. In this picture there are 4 buildings. In this picture there is 1 fountain.
Paige (Reading)
I think that people are searching for something under the water because they are in scuba diving gear and look well trained. I think they are in a lake in the city because there are skyscrapers in the background. The people on boats look like they are having a row on the lake, ignoring the scuba divers around them.
Kalynn (Cincinnati (OH))
@Paige I agree with your response completely.
Franky (Dublin)
There are clearly ninja spies masquerading as scuba divers who are attempting to watch the people in the boats. Three are conversing with each other, deciding on the plan of action. (They have taken off their breathing gear.) The other ninja, who is obviously the group's "spokesperson," is trying to cover up their movements by smiling at the camera.
Anabel (Connecticut)
@Franky This is very creative and insightful thinking.
Jerome and Rose (Baltimore, MD)
@Franky Very imaginative! I imagine that the farthest rowboat is conspiring with the divers to sink the other boats so they can have the lake for themselves. Your last sentence is cool and it made me laugh.
Connor Song (spring-ford intermediate)
there are people scuba diving and people on boats perhaps in central park in New York City
Avery Hodges (Hoggard Highschool in Wilmington, NC)
At first glance, this picture seems like it is in a big city with a park, perhaps Central Park in New York City. I see several people or maybe couples on boats, surrounded by people wearing scuba gear in the water. I feel like maybe they are either searching for something underwater, or holding a scuba diving class to teach people how to dive.
Sha’niya (Benton Harbor High School)
I agree to what your saying because from the buildings I’m the back it looks like it’s in New York also I seen a lot of scuba divers so I do agree that I seem like they are looking for something under the water that maybe important.
Imane (Ithaca NY)
There are people with scuba suits and there in water. It looks like people are swimming in a lake for fun or for something important because the way they look. It also looks like there in a city because there are buildings in the back.
Katie (Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC)
This picture was taken in a park in a big city, possibly New York City. It looks like it may be in a lake or pond in a park and there are people in scuba gear in the water. They might be learning how to scuba dive or are training or practicing to get certified.
Avery Hodges (Hoggard Highschool in Wilmington, NC)
@Katie I think you could be right about being trained how to dive, but do you think they might be searching for something that is under water?
Aayden bonin (Manistee, Michigan)
I think there looking for something in the water, or they a couple event on the the river while a scuba diving class is going on.
Alexa AOSE (AOSE)
@Aayden bonin Scuba diving class? Then wouldn't the pond be cleared to practice?
Aiden (San Diego)
I think that this picture was taken a long time ago because there is no color. I think that the picture was also taken in a city because of the tall skyscrapers in the background. I also think it is strange that there is scuba divers in the water when at the same time there is people out on the water with boats. Usually when there is scuba divers there is nobody out on the water for the safety of the scuba divers. I think the scuba divers are searching for something.
CC (Providence)
I think its Frog Pond in the Boston Public Garden.
Alexa AOSE (AOSE)
@CC What makes you say this? The park could be in New York City.
TW (Olympia)
I think that everyone in the lake is looking for something. This could be a competition to find it first. It looks like this was taken in a big city because of the skyscrapers in the background.
Connor C. (Cincinnati Ohio.)
@TW I agree with you that they are looking for something, what I thought was that they were looking for something lost in the bottom of the lake. The boat that is closest to the left looks to me as a cop back in the day.
Zoe (Michigan)
This photo looks like it was taken at a park in a big city such as NYC, Chicago or DC, because of the skyscrapers in the background and the activities. It looks like it was taken a while back because of the lack of color. There is a large pond with a huge willow tree by the waters edge. The water is rippling gently from people's oars as they enjoy the afternoon sun in their small boats. There are also divers in the water. They seem like they are looking for something. I wonder what it is? Possibly they are doing some sort of training.
Cadence Brown (Manistee, Michigan)
In this picture I see divers, boaters, many trees, people, animals, and tall, sky scraping buildings. The scenery looks like a park with a fountain in the center of a flat area, benches scattered around a pond or river that is flowing along a line of trees. I also observed that the picture is in black and white. I also see some clothing that you would most likely find in the 1940’s. This leads me to believe that this picture was taken in the mid 1900’s. The skyscrapers that I see look like those that you would find in a large, growing city. That led me to believe that this picture was taken in New York. In New York, there is a park called Central Park that looks very much like this park, with the trees, the fountain, the buildings, and the water. I believe that this picture was taken at Central Park in New York, based on the scenery. I think that the time period this was taken in was the 1940’s, based on their clothing that we would typically see in the 1940’s. Another thing that leads me to this conclusion, is that in 1930-1950, boathouses were being made in New York. I think that the people were renting boats on a nice sunny day for enjoyment. For the divers, I think that since there was reconstruction and rehabilitation in the 1930-1950’s, the divers may be cleaning things from the big construction.
Jude Lucido (Hoggard High School, Wilmington NC)
@Cadence Brown I agree, I also thought the picture was taken in about the 1940s because of the clothing. The fact about boathouses is interesting too, I never knew that. The boathouses, along with the large city buildings probably means this was taken in New York.
Mrs. Schlaff (Michigan)
@Cadence Brown Interesting analysis: New York, 1940's, following construction in Central Park... I hadn't thought about the divers being involved in some type of construction or construction cleanup.
Cashel Daly (Lunenburg Ma)
It seems to be some scuba divers in a pond swimming, perhaps looking for something like treasure, and they are in the park of a big city, probably New York, but it could be Boston. It also seems to be a nice day, and somebody is out on their boat.
Talia (GCS)
I think that there is something in the water, maybe fish or a cool animal and everyone is trying to see it some via boat others with scuba gear.
Jacob (Cadillac, Michigan)
There are multiple scuba divers, with a few more underwater than others, and a few rowboats. There are willow trees and large buildings in the background. If I didn't notice how clear the water was, I would say we were in New York, but I now realize this is probably a southern United States area.
Sophie (Salem ma)
It’s set in a park in some big city with a pond or lake and a bunch of people are on little rowboats and then there are 4 people in scuba gear in the water I think the scuba divers are investigating something in the lake but they couldn’t clear out the pond because they didn’t want people to get worried
Alexis (Chicago, Illinois)
I think that in this picture they are trying to look for something under water. There are scuba divers in the water, and lots of boats and people. All of them seem to be looking in the water and a lot of things going on in general around there.
Lynn Manna (Brooklyn, NY)
My class 3-425 is currently home, but sent me some comments based on this picture. They think this is the lake in Central Park. They think this because of the buildings in the background and because the setting seems familiar to them, having been to Central Park before. They think the divers are looking for something important. They think this because they look like professional and not "random"divers. Others feel that they are training to be divers and aren't looking for anything. They think this because there are people boating in the background.
Hadley (MN)
I think that they are looking for a special treasure but they don’t want to show it. I think they are in New York, because of the big building’s and the big population in one small pond.
Leah (PA)
I think that this setting is in a park. Maybe the scuba divers are taking lessons and there was a couples row boating class and they accidentally scheduled them for the same time.
TCL (Philadelphia)
I think there's some sort of triathlon going on: swimming, boating, and running.
Fiona (MA)
The first thing I notice about this image is that it is black and white. This tells me that it is from long before I was born. I see people scuba diving, and I'm not quite sure why.
brianna (pa)
I believe that this picture is outdated because of the black and white appeal and the clothing of the people. It seems like a beautiful sunny day because all the proper ladies have their little umbrellas and the southern gentleman on their arms. I believe that there is a golf course nearby, because it is a popular southern activity and that the scuba divers are simply diving to retrieve all the golf balls that were hit into the lake, but they are wearing the protective suits because its the south and there are alligators
Alexis (Chicago, Illinois)
@Brianna I quite agree Brianna, you see I thought people were looking for things underwater because it seemed as if they looking for something.
Alex (Michigan)
I think that a ship just sank and their saving people because their are people in the boats. Or somebody lost a possession in the water and they are trying to find it. Also they might be cleaning up the water. The women is dressed a little different also.
James (Virginia)
I see a canal, or maybe a river, there are 4 divers in the front, but I also see 5 floating objects behind them. I think they might be in Central Park in New York. I think the picture was taken in the 1930’s-1960’s, because of their clothing, and the fact that the picture is b&w. I think the divers are either recreational, or hired by the government to clean the river.
Ella aose (New Jersey)
In this picture, there are a variety of people just enjoying themselves and relaxing at a park/lake near a city. I think that this is near New York City or some city in America (well, I'm just assuming as I can't really see their races). This picture was probably taken in the 1900's, as of the black-and-white format. In this picture, there are a variety of people just enjoying themselves and relaxing at a park/lake near a city. I think that this is near New York City or some city in America (well, I'm just assuming as I can't really see their races). This picture was probably taken in the 1900s, as of the black-and-white format. Everything that the people are doing is probably for fun, even if the scuba gear is a little hi-tech for the time.
Jordyn (somewhere)
In this picture one can see a few people in boats on a lake in the middle of a part. It seems like a sunny day, possibly in spring or summer. The picture seems a bit outdated due to the clothing people are wearing but other than that everything seems pretty normal and nothing is really out of the ordinary until one looks at the bottom of the picture. Here, one can see divers in the lake. A few of them seem to be having a conversation while one of them is facing the camera. No one seems to be disturbed by their presence as they continue to go about their business. I believe that these divers may be scientists doing research on the marine life in the lake.
Charlotte AOSE (Academy of Saint Elizabeth)
@Jordyn I also noticed how the clothing was outdated. It occured to me that the divers could be looking for something, but I agree with you that no one is really acknowledging them.
Viswanathan (SAIS)
Based on the clothing that the citizens are wearing, I can infer that this photo is set in the 1980s. It looks like the setting of this photo is in a park in the U.S. The day seems calm and relaxing. I believe that the couples on the boat are there for a nice and relaxing trip. The scuba divers are the subject of the photo and stick out like a sore thumb in the environment their in. However, I believe that a scuba diving lesson is going on, and that's their purpose to go to the park.
Trisha Mukartihal (Singapore, Singapore)
I think in this photo, what is going on is Suba Diving Practice. I can't be a hundred percent sure, but as for what I know, the background seems to be in Central Park, New York City. Judging that the timing of this photo seems to be around the early/mid-1900s, I assume that in this photo to assure that scuba suits are safe and helpful for those who may use them in the future, testing them in the Central Park would be helpful.
Johno Beadles (Singapore)
In this picture we can see a lake on presumably a hot, summer day based on the attire of the people in the boats and the people scuba diving at the front of the picture. This lake is presumably located at a park based on the amount of trees around the lake and the contours of the land. As well as this, there are buildings in the background, suggesting this is a city park. This would make sense considering in cities, there aren't many places for people to scuba dive and therefore a lake in a park would be the perfect opportunity. There also seems to be quite a lot of romance and love present on the lake with the amount of couples enjoying a row around the lake in boats. However, there also many groups of friends as well as individuals enjoying scuba diving around the lake. Over the back of the picture we can see the side of the lake where others are sitting and observing the wildlife and the life on the water around them. Some seem to be enjoying food. All in all, this photo displays a day off for everyone. A day in which everyone is relaxed and enjoying the wildlife around them, escaping from the busy city life.
Segev (Singapore)
@Johno Beadles Johno!!! I agree with you.
Khanh Linh (Singapre)
It's a picture taken in a park lake because I can see the buildings behind it clearly. I think it was taken a pretty long time ago when people still taking black and white photos. People are scuba diving in the park which means that they haven't had swimming pools at that time yet or maybe the tickets to swimming pools were still expensive. I think people are having fun because they even getting into groups and talk to each other while enjoying scuba diving in the lake.
hana (singapore)
This picture was taken at a park. One can tell by the attire people are wearing and gray scale of the photo that it is old. Maybe since it is a public park within a city (buildings in the background), people were bored and wanted to scuba dive.
Joshua (Singapore)
This photo shows a beautiful lake most likely in the mid to late 90s, as the photo is in black and white. There seem to be boats with people on it as well as several animals in the water. At the bottom of the photo, you can see four scuba divers all conversing in one group.
Charlotte AOSE (Academy of Saint Elizabeth)
@Joshua What makes you say that the picture was taken in the 90s? I agree that it was sometime in the past, but why specifically that decade?
Angelica (Cincinnati, OH)
@Joshua I personally think that the picture being in black and white does not necessarily correlate to the picture being taken in the mid to late 90s since color photography became common in the 1960s about 30 years before the 90s.
Ha Dan Nguyen (Singapore)
The picture depicts a day in the vacation as there are multiple people being canoed on boats around a lake. The mood of picture is one of fun given the smile on the scuba diver looking directly at the camera. The picture was taken not long ago given the buildings in the background. The main subject of the picture are scuba divers diving in a lake in a park. The purpose of the image could be to document a day in vacation season where these divers could are people diving for leisure. In the background there are hints of more oxygen tanks therefore, this is a shallow body of water.
Sebastian (Singapore)
I beleieve that in this photo believe the scuba divers are looking for a dead body in the lake where someone where they may have been murdered. I also think that the people in the boats have no idea because the police are trying to keep it low key and not create panic. There are also a lot of public members which could mean it's weekend and in a busy city.
Gaurav Arya (Stamford)
I believe that the people in this picture are practicing scuba diving in a local park so that they can do it more confidently when they do it in the ocean. I believe that the picture is supposed to make the viewer think the picture is taken in a place where the water is deep, but in reality the water is shallow and meant to be practiced in.
Charlotte AOSE (Academy of Saint Elizabeth)
@Gaurav Arya It's interesting that you think the people scuba diving could be practicing since they are in a safe area. I like your idea of an altered perspective to make the viewer think the lake is deeper than it is.
Mr. Anonymous (Singapore)
This is located at a lake, where some are enjoying their time on boats, as well as scuba-diving. Due to this being a black and white image, I am assuming this may be from a while ago. However, the buildings and scuba-diving equipment show otherwise.
Charlotte AOSE (Academy of Saint Elizabeth)
@Mr. Anonymous Do you think the scuba divers are in the lake for fun? Or are they carrying out a job?
Alain (SAIS)
what I think is happing in this photo is that they are maybe searching for something that they lost in the waster or maybe there are shooting a scene from a movie of some sort. but like many people have said before that this is an old photo since it is in black and white. For the photo location i would say that its by a lake or maybe a park that a has body of water in the middle what I think is happing in this photo is that they are maybe searching for something that they lost in the waster or maybe there are shooting a scene from a movie of some sort. but like many people have said before that this is an old photo since it is in black and white. For the photo location i would say that its by a lake or maybe a park that a has body of water in the middle.
lu (singapore)
In this picture, it shows people enjoying their weekend in a park. Some are riding a boat, some are doing underwater diving. There are ducks in the lake. Changing the point of view: the divers are trying to find the drowning man who was suicided.
W (Singapore)
The location of the picture is a park because there are several buildings visible in the background. The time period of the picture may approximately be 19th - 20th century, as the image is black and white. However, there is the possibility of this image been edit into black and white, as the scuba dive suit seems to be modern and similar to the suit we use today. There are boats in the lake however they are traveling in a designed pathway, as the side has the floating balls. It is possible that this is a competition of boat racing and the scuba diver is the staff that ensures the competition progress properly.
Alexandra Nunez (SEMHS)
In this picture there are people in boats and other people scuba diving. I think the picture takes place at a park lake because there are buildings visible in the background along with trees close by. It’s not normal for people to go scuba diving at a park so I think the people who are in the picture took the picture for fun. Another reason why I think they took the picture for fun is where the scuba divers are standing it looks shallow so they just wanted to give off the illusion that they were scuba diving in a lake. This is also proof that it’s a lake at a park because most lakes are shallow since they are not meant for swimming.
Ella aose (New Jersey)
@Alexandra Nunez I agree that they took this picture for fun, but I do thin that they did genuinely use the scuba gear and weren't just faking it!
Theron (Missouri)
They are having fun in the park. And for some reason there are scuba divers. Maybe the park is in New York because I can see some skyscrapers. Because the photo is black and white it might be from a long time ago.
Sandya Rai (Cincinnati, Ohio)
In this picture, scuba divers are trying to take out garbage/waste out of the lake. First reason is that there are scuba divers swimming around. This means they’re trying to find and take out trash out of the lake. Second reason is that it looks like a public park where people can come and canoe or do other stuff with each other. This shows that it’s more likely for people to throw away trash, which can end up in the lake. Last reason is that on the lake there seems to be some wastes floating around. This means that the scuba divers are collecting the wastes to make the lake clean.
Sandya Rai (Cincinnati, Ohio)
In this picture, scuba divers are trying to take out garbage/waste out of the lake. First reason is that there are scuba divers swimming around. This means they’re trying to find and take out trash out of the lake. Second reason is that it looks like a public park where people can come and canoe or do other stuff with each other. This shows that it’s more likely for people to throw away trash, which can end up in the lake. Last reason is that on the lake there seems to be some wastes floating around. This means that the scuba divers are collecting the wastes to make the lake clean.
Angelica (Cincinnati, OH)
@Sandya Rai I agree with your response. I like that your perspective was different from a lot of others.
Sandya Rai (Cincinnati, Ohio)
In this picture, scuba divers are trying to take out garbage/waste out of the lake. First reason is that there are scuba divers swimming around. This means that they’re trying to find and take out trash out of the lake. Second reason is that it looks like a public park where people can come and canoe or do other stuff with each other. This shows that it’s more likely for people to throw away trash, which can end up in the lake. Last reason is that on the lake there seems to be some wastes floating around. This means that the scuba divers are collecting the wastes to make the lake clean.
Jermell Jones (Benton Harbor High School)
Judging by the photo i think people are having a good time in the water. The scuba divers are enjoying themselves and the people in the boats are floating and talking. I don't think nothing dangerous or bad is happening. To me i see people enjoying there day.
Emily Rodriguez (SEMHS)
I believe this image takes place at a lake in a park. I can tell it is a park because I see some trees and grass. Also this could possibly take place in New York City. I believe it´s New York City because I see a couple of buildings behind the park. There are some scuba divers in front of the image. They´re scuba divers because they wear goggles and have leather clothing for scuba diving. Also there are some people riding on boats possibly two people. Maybe the people are taking a vacation and spend time together while riding a boat. This image is a photograph and takes place in the 20th century. It is in the 20th century because the image shows grayscale since color wasn´t produced in a photograph in the old days.
Pablo (Miami, Fl)
This image was taken in Central Park in New York. This picture was taken during the 40s because we cannot see any skyscrapers and New York is full of those buildings in the present. We can see a lake with some divers, they might be practising diving or maybe searching something like an object or maybe a person. Also we can see in the lake some boats with people, we see a couple in the lake with hats, also we can see a fountain in the distance. If had to put a title on this picture, I would put "The divers of Central Park".
Emily Rodriguez (SEMHS)
I believe this image takes place at a lake and a park. I can't tell it's a park because I see some trees and grass. Also this could possibly take place New York City. I believe it's New York City because I see a couple of buildings behind the park. There are some scuba divers in the front of the image. They're scuba divers because they wear goggles and have leather clothing for scuba diving. Also there are some people riding on boats possibly two people in the lake. Maybe the people are taking a vacation and spend time together while riding on a boat. Image is a photographs and takes place in the 20th century. It's in 20th century because the image shows grayscale since the color wasn't produced in the old days.
Emily Rodriguez (SEMHS)
I believe this takes place at a lake in a park. I can tell it's a park because there's some trees on the back and grass while the whole space is the lake. I also think that this place could be New York city. I can tell because there are a couple of buildings behind the park. I can see some scuba divers at the front of the image. I know they're scuba divers because they wear goggles and leather clothing for their scuba diving. There's also people riding on boats, possibly two people. Maybe they are taking a vacation at a lake so they could spend time together on a boat. I notice that the image is a photograph and takes place in the early 20th century. It's from the early 20th century because the image shows a grayscale since color wasn't produced in photography in the old days.
Tyler (Manistee)
In this picture, I see buildings in the background, there is at least two people rowing boats and a group of four people scuba-diving. The picture is black and white, that could mean this picture is old. The people scuba-diving are probably looking for something, otherwise why would they all be wearing scuba-diving gear. In each boat there is two people and there are four boats. It looks like there are obstacles in the water for the boats to avoid. I think at the same time the people in the boats are racing and and other people are looking for something underwater.
Ella aose (New Jersey)
@Tyler Why do you think that the people in the boats are racing?
Landon B (Michigan)
It looks like it's a beautiful day on the water and people are enjoying the sunshine in their boats. There are scuba divers all around searching for something. The lone duck looks like he is curious to see what they find.
Jonathan Giron (SEMHS)
What is going on the picture is that there is people on the lake and they are on the boats.They are even people swimming and just riding around on the boat’s.There’s even tree’s around the lake and water on the lake .what makes me even day this is that there is people in the water and they are using there suit to swim around.There is at least 2 people on each boats.where they at is a lake and there’s tree’s ,water and even building in the background of the picture.what I found more in this picture is people walking around the the lake trail.
Vanessa Aguilar (SEMHS)
In this picture you can tell it’s in the 1900’s because of the clothes their wearing and the quality of the picture. Also it seems like their in New York City because of the buildings and I also see people on the boats having a nice day and enjoying it. Another thing is theirs people scuba diving and it looks like their looking for something in the lake.
Rome Anaïs Parker Hunter (New York)
There are scuba divers and people on boats in the water. They are looking for something. They are in a body of water. The scuba divers are looking down. I also see that there are canoes in the background, and a duck in the water.
Simon Caudillo (SEMHS)
In the photo, there seems to be a park with skyscrapers in the background. This shows us that it may take place in a populated area such as New York. This park has a lake in the middle and seems to be the main focus. In that lake there are couples on boats who are having some recreational time together. I say this because they seem to be happy and observing the subs divers that vary in location. The scuba divers seem to be practicing or maybe looking for something. The scuba men are all scattered in the lake which make your eye move around the photo. Some scuba men seem to be looking in the water, which makes me think they are searching for something. The photo seems to be taking place in the mid 1900s because the lack of color in the photograph.
Daphne (SEMHS)
In this picture there are people engaging in different activities during a relaxing day. There are many trees and a couple of buildings surrounding the lake and looks like the location this picture was taken was in New York. Something that drew my attention was the group of scuba divers who seems to be taking lessons or may be searching for something. By observing the quality and colors of the picture I can infer that this picture was taken a long time ago, as well as noticing the type of clothes that the people on the boats are wearing which looks different from today.
Mahi (India)
This photo takes us back to an era of black and white pictures and looks like of some metro city of the west. What I could infer from the photo is that, it is a spring afternoon and people are enjoying the weather. Few people sitting and walking around this pond and few of them are enjoying boating. There are bunch of divers who look like in search of something. Since the area is not abandoned which means there is not something very serious going on. Therefore, the divers are probably just practicing in shallow water.
Salem Abraham (White Oak Middle school, Ohio)
In this picture people from a while ago are canoeing and searching the water for items or garbage at a local park/lake. One reason is that there are people in the water with scuba diving equipment. That means that they are looking for something under the water. A second reason is that the picture has a bunch of people. This can tell us that it is somewhere public where any one can come. The third reason is that there are people on the boats at the lake. This means that it can be a place were you can do activities like canoeing and scuba diving.
Jordan S (Ohio Cinncinati)
@Salem Abraham good reason and your response is very interesting
Santiago Vasquez (SEMHS)
In this picture I see four scuba divers looking for something around the lake. So I can infer that they or someone dropped something in the lake and trying to retrieve it. And also this photo was taking around the 80s. Lastly what I can see, is that the people don't mind what they are doing and they seem happy.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
Thank you all for your rich and detailed comments today! I so appreciated hearing people zoom in to the pictures, looking really closely, and then zoom out to make larger conclusions based on the evidence you found! I also appreciate seeing people click 'reply' to respond directly to other people and start a discussion. (Take a look: has anyone replied to your comment? Can you reply to someone else's?) While I will now be signing off for the afternoon, please continue to look, wonder, and discuss what might be going on here. And then, tune back in on Thursday of this week to read what the caption is that accompanied this picture. (Even once the caption is revealed, I encourage you to keep looking and wondering what more you can all find!) In the meantime, stay safe, happy, healthy, and well. Thanks ever so much for joining us this week, and we will see you next Monday for another 'What’s Going On In This Picture?'.
Sy'Ria (Benton Harbor High School)
Judging by the photo I see scuba divers and people rowing boats so I assume that they could be taking a picture because they are looking directly at the camera. It’s wired for Scuba driver to be in a lake rather than ocean so maybe the Scuba divers maybe practicing or they can be looking for something like gold or a Body, etc. I am going to assume that the scuba’s maybe at a Scuba diving lesson
Santiago Vasquez (SEMHS)
In this picture I see four scuba divers trying to look for something. And also this picture looks like it was taking around the 90s because of the black and white color. Furthermore, the people in the boat looks like they are having a good time and they don't mind the divers.
Brianna Valenciano (South El Monte high school)
Based on this photograph we can infer that it might have been taken in New York’s Central Park. I can also infer it may have been taken in the mid to late 1900’s due to the lack of color. Lastly, I noticed the scuba divers searching in the middle of what seems to be a casual Sunday afternoon surrounded by pedestrians enjoying a romantic afternoon.
Jaden (San Mateo)
This photo has something interesting in it. In the foreground, I see four adult scuba divers that just came up from the water. It appears that they may have been having a lesson underwater. In the background, you could see Bethesda Angel Fountain. The boaters might be seeing the Mandarin Duck by chance since boating for fun is very common in the summer.
Jose Robles (SEMHS)
In this picture you can see a group of divers and people on boats. I believe the divers are looking for something that the people in the boats dropped and that’s why people don’t seem worried. The location looks like New York City because of the tall buildings. Also by the black and white of the photo I can tell this is from a long time ago because they have colored cameras now. The mood seems relaxing because of how the people seem to react to the divers.
Efrain R. Benitez (SEMHS)
I believe that the scuba divers are looking for something important, otherwise, there would be no reason for them to be there. The three divers talking to each other may be debating whether or not they found what they were looking for and the diver going towards the camera ran out of oxygen in his tank so he is going back for more. The people in the background are unaware of the situation or are just minding their own business. It seems to me like it is a sunny day because of how white the top right corner is.
Salem Abraham (White Oak Middle school, Ohio)
@Efrain R. Benitez I agree with your response and I like how you predicted that it was sunny outside
Ava (Cincinnati, Ohio)
@Efrain R. Benitez Good job on looking at the whole picture to see what is happening that day. I also agree that the scuba divers are looking for something important.
Alexander Colis Vasquez (SEMHS)
In this picture, it looks like these scuba divers are looking for something that maybe one of the people in the boats might have dropped. I think this because there are scuba divers, and the people in the boats look like they are looking for something as well. I also noticed that this picture looks old since it is in black and white and the different type of clothing they wear looks older from now.
Annabel (Seattle)
In this picture I see people on boats, I also see people scuba diving, I think it is part of their job (maybe they're the police looking for something or somebody or maybe they're retrieving a dead body). I also think: A, it is a while ago because of the clothes everyones wearing and B, I think it is a big city because of the big buildings.
Rome Anaïs Parker Hunter (New York)
@Annabel I agree with you that it is back in the day, but not just because of the clothes they are wearing, the picture is also in black and white. Your dead body theory seems inaccurate, considering that a dead body in the water is a biohazard, and there are other people in the water.
Eduardo Bautista (SEMHS)
In the picture it seems as if families are at the park having a good time while others are looking for something underwater. I say this because they are wearing wetsuits and goggles as if they’re looking for something or just going out for a swim, I also think that this picture was taken a while back due to the black and white color on the picture
Aakriti Oli (White Oak middle school ,Ohio)
In this picture people think the water is contaminated so they are looking for something but they haven’t told the public yet. One reason is because there are couple of people in the water with masks on. This means they are looking for something. Second reason is because there are people canoeing. This means that the public does not know anything about the search/contamination. The third reason is people are underwater. This shows that they are searching for something. In this picture people are searching for something underwater.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
@Aakriti Oli - thank you for your comment today! It sounds like you agree with @Ava that there is a covert, or secret, operation happening here, where some people know the water might be contaminated and some do not. It sounds like you're noticing that the people in the boats do not seem concerned, despite the divers that you think are doing a serious task. Did I hear that correctly? Thanks for sharing this idea! What more can you find?
Salem Abraham (White Oak Middle school, Ohio)
@Aakriti Oli Your response is very interesting and you have some good explanations
Jordan S (Ohio Cinncinati)
@Aakriti Oli good job
Miriam (SEMHS)
One can see that the picture was most likely taken at New York’s Central Park. What makes me say this is that there’s a lake located in front of tall buildings. This picture was most likely taken a long time ago. The black and white colors and the quality can be compared to other pictures taken in the 80’s. We can also see scuba divers centered at the bottom of the picture. They are most likely scuba diving for fun since there’s people in boats around them.
Yessenia Maldonado (SEMHS)
In this picture I can see a lake occupied with couples on boats, scuba divers, and ducks. The location seems to be in a park in a large city due to the large buildings in the background. The black and white color of the picture suggests that this is an old photograph. None of the couples seem to pay much attention to the divers so perhaps it's just an activity that the park provides. They could also just be picking up trash which doesn't bring much concern to the couples. The art piece seems to a casual and relaxed day at the park.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
Thank you for your comment, @Yessenia Maldonado. I hear you looking at where this picture might be set and from what time period it might be. You are also weighing in as to what the scuba divers might be doing, and you're offering two ideas here. What do you see that makes you say they are either doing an activity the park provides or they are picking up trash?
Max jimenez (SEMHS)
In this photo i can see two moods. I can see a light mood such as an environment of love and a dark mood such as death. The light mood is represented by the people in the boats because it seems peaceful and romantic, but the dark mood comes from the scuba divers because slot of times in movies the scuba divers are looking for dead bodies so like the scuba divers give a really dark environment. Something else I notice is that it seems to be like the people in the boats don’t seem affected by the scuba divers so like it gives me an idea that life and death are connected just like black and white
NGOC CHAU (South El Monte High School, California)
In this picture, I think these scuba divers are looking for something precious. Because there are only four of them in the water. In the picture, I think people in boats are enjoying their excursion. I believe this picture was taken in old times because it has no color.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
Thanks for your comments so far, everyone! I'm hearing lots of people looking closely at all parts of the composition - the foreground, the background, the top and the bottom, and everywhere in between - to come up with hypotheses and conclusions as to what might be going on here. I am hearing several people say that some parts of this picture seem normal, and some parts seem odd. Many of you are focusing on the presence of the people in diving gear as being quite abnormal, and people have very different ideas as to what they might be doing there! @Ava thinks the water might be contaminated, and the divers might be helping to clean it up. @Daniela Sosa agrees. Several of you think everyone here is just having fun. @Andrew Munoz and @Owen M. think the divers are enjoying themselves, and @EmilyAOSE points out that it seems to be a normal occurrence with nobody panicking. Others think the divers may be looking for something. @Alexis Caishpal, @Owen M., @Jason, @Roselyn Lucas, @Daniela Sosa, and @Emily all think the divers might be searching for something important. @Rosario Mariano half agrees and thinks they are either searching or exploring! Still others have different ideas. @Kelly Diep, for example, proposed the divers might be managing the couples or even performing for them. If you agree or disagree with any of these ideas, please feel free to click the 'reply' button to start a conversation! Otherwise, let's keep looking at the picture! What more can we find?
Joshua Arredondo (SEMHS)
Judging by the photo quality, I am going to assume that this was taken quite a long time ago. To back up my assumptions, I see people or couples to be exact, using rowing boats. To my knowledge, rowing boats are hardly used anymore. One thing I'd like to point out is the fact that scuba divers are taking place in this picture. I find it odd for scuba divers to be diving into lakes rather than oceans. I can also see that the boaters are noticing their presence because they are looking directly at them. Based on the group of scuba divers in the foreground and one of them looking directly at the camera, maybe they are at that lake for diving practice.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
Thank you for your comment, @Joshua Arredondo! It sounds like you are looking quite closely and carefully at the image, finding small details that lead you to your conclusions. You are finding several things in this image odd - the presence of perhaps outdated rowing boats and the scuba divers in the foreground. You are wondering then if the image is not contemporary (in other words, recent) and you're wondering if the divers are there for practice. Keep up the great close-looking! What more can we find?
Ava (Cincinnati, Ohio)
@Joshua Arredondo I agree with your statement and good job on using evidence to support what you think
Estefany Perez (SEMHS)
This black and white picture seems to be taken in a lake/park due to the amount of trees I see in the back. I can also see what seems to be people walking way in the back of the image. What makes me say that is because they look like human figures. I am also able to see people on canoes on the lake which reminds me of a lake near my school SEMHS. In the lake near my school you are also able to go on the lake on small boats so gave me an idea that this might be a lake. When I first saw the image what caught my attention were the scuba divers. Which makes me curious as to what they might be doing. This picture makes me feel calm and relaxed.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
@Estefany Perez - thank you for sharing your ideas this morning. You are combining close observation with your own personal experience to make sense of the picture! It sounds like the presence of scuba divers here is surprising to you - and indeed is maybe the first thing you noticed! You also though pulled from your own experience to conclude that this was a lake, because of your school being by a lake with similar boats on it. You're also noticing an overall tone to this picture, that it makes you feel calm and relaxed. Could you tell us more about that? What do you see that makes you say the picture makes you feel calm and relaxed?
Jasmin Soberanes (SEMHS)
In this image it seems as if there is scuba lessons or trials. I think this is what’s going on because there are people on boats who seem to have the equipment for scuba diving. Another thing I noticed was that there groups of divers here and there, adding onto the idea that they might be lessons. The setting seems to be a lake in the park of a city, the grass area doesn’t seem to be that lard to be a big park and in the distance it seems to be big buildings. Another idea that could be given is that some people are on some sort of date on the boats, it seems as if there are only two people in each and some seem to be woman because of their clothing.
Stephanie H (SEMHS)
Something i see in this picture is that there is a lake and trees.I see that there is people in boats and they are probably exploring. I see that there is black and white.This makes me say that because there is boats and people looking around. Something else that i could see is building and scuba diving in the water there are talking to each other.
Jonathan Martinez (SEMHS)
I’m this picture I can see that we’re in a park, I can see some buildings but, mainly a lake with people in it. There are couples in boats, there are 4 scuba divers as well. This photo seems old since it is in black and white and doesn’t have color and also the kind of clothes the couples are wearing are old fashioned. I can see that we’re in a city during the time when scuba divers can scuba dive in lakes without getting in trouble. Semhs
Jonathan Martinez (SEMHS)
@Jonathan Martinez I just noticed there’s more than 4 divers. Sorry.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
@Jonathan Martinez - that's okay! I appreciate you taking a look at this image and then returning to it to change your first comment! It sounds like you were first thinking about the setting - the time and place - of this picture. And then, upon further examination, you're focusing on the scuba divers and you've changed your mind as to how many there are in the picture. Could you tell us more - what do you see that makes you say there are more than 4 divers? And let's keep looking! What more can you find?
Natalie Huerta (SEMHS)
In the photograph I see a lake at possibly park with trees and towering buildings in the background. It is in black and white, there are people in row boats and next to the closest boat, are scuba divers. I’m sure if the people are dressed for the white and black times, it looks pretty modern, maybe a couple of years back.
David Ponce (SEMHS)
To me, it seems as if there are couples who seem to be enjoying their day atop of rowboats alongside scuba divers. These couples seem to be unaffected by the presence of these divers, as they continue rowing through what seems to be an artificial lake surrounded by vast greenery and tall buildings in the background. Although I cannot say for sure, these scuba divers may be conducting water tests. What leads me to say that is the individuals and couples who are found within the image, the scuba divers who are in the water and the couples who row atop. The scenery is also very obvious, with huge trees seen around the artificial lake, including the buildings far back. There are also additional items that I can find within this image including a small water fountain that the couples can row around. Within the water, there are also items that are floating which may just be additional scuba divers who are submerged and swimming across. Additionally, there is also an even bigger and almost "subtle" water fountain farther into the background. Close to this water fountain is an entrance to the park within this image with more individuals walking on a path.
Beatrix H. (Oregon)
I think the people in boats are coaching or talking to the scuba divers. This is probably an event because usually boaters and scuba divers don't go in water at the same time. I think it is on a Saturday because people would be more likely to be out doing things on a weekend and it seems like morning. If it was Sunday morning, a lot of people would be in church. This is probably in the 1950s in New York, because of the clothes, the tall buildings, and the black-and-white picture.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
@Beatrix H. - thank you for sharing your ideas this morning! I hear you thinking carefully about the interaction between the people in the boats and the divers in the water. It sounds like you're surprised by them being in the same scene! You're also thinking about what day it might be, what decade, and even where in the world. Could you tell us more about your ideas on the scuba divers - what do you see that makes you say they might be being coached by the people in the boats?
Beatrix H. (Oregon)
@VTS Moderator - The people in boats are looking at the divers, and the divers seem like they are waiting for the next instruction. Also some divers have just their heads above water, like they might have to always be seen. This is probably some sort of class.
Ava (Cincinnati, Ohio)
In the picture people are looking for something that contaminated the water but haven't told the public yet. In the water there are people with scuba diving equipment on, this shows that people are in the water looking for the source that could be contaminating it. In the picture there are people rowing their boats and acting like it is another peaceful day, this shows that they have no idea that the water is contaminated and are living their day like any other. There are also buoys in the water that are keeping the regular people from crossing one side of the pond, this shows that the people in the water are looking for something and are not allowing others in that location of the pond.
Andrew Munoz (South El Monte High School)
In this black and white picture I can see a lot of people swimming and canoeing at what it looks to be like a big city. This might be a community park or a nearby pound where family and friends go to have fun and spend time with each other. Other things I’ve notice is 4 people wearing a scuba gear and this picture might be old because the frame is in black and white and the lady in the canoe looks like she’s wearing an 1990’s outfit.
Alexis Caishpal (SEMHS)
This picture takes place in the city in a park area. This makes me say that because there are buildings in the background emphasizing that it’s a city and the walkways through nature. I also see 4 scuba divers in a lake possible looking for something. This makes me say that because they’re all swimming together in a certain area with their goggles on. This picture seems to be taken place in the 1980’s. This makes me say that because the way a women is dressed with her hat and gown. Also because the picture is in black and white. The park seems to be a peaceful and healthy environment to be at. This makes me say that because they’re are couples on row boats and many people walking the trails.
EmilyAOSE (Academy of Saint Elizabeth)
In this picture I see what appears to be a big city. This could be New York, specifically Central Park. This photo also appears to be taken a long time ago, based on the photo quality and black and white coloring. In the forefront of the image we see four people scuba diving. I do not believe that this is any kind of emergence because there are still people in boats on the lake and there would be police cars surrounding the premises. This is most likely recreational scuba diving or this is a sort of class.
Rosario Mariano (SEMHS)
What I can see on this picture is that there’s not really a lot of multi colors the picture is only in black-and-white. The black-and-white colors make me think of like the past because back then most of the TV shows they used to be in black and white. I can also see buildings in the background. The buildings make me think that this might be taking place like in a city. The setting looks like it’s like on a public park because I can see like there’s a lot of people and there’s trees in the background and it just looks like a park to me. I could also see like people on the little boats. They seem to be like couples I can also see scuba divers in the water and they seem to be like exploring or searching for something in the water.
Mia Acosta (SEMHS)
In this picture I can see a lake and people in the lake.There are scuba divers with some type of mask on their face and I also see people in little boats on the lake.This picture looks as if this picture was taken a long time ago like in the 1900’s.I also can see that these people must live in a big city because of the big buildings in the back. Their are also people walking in the back as well looking as if it was a great day.
Owen M. (White Bear Lake, Minnesota)
What I see in the picture is a lake in some kind of urban city or neighborhood. There are scuba divers in the lake either searching for something or doing it for fun. They’re also many people on boats rowing on the lake who don’t seem the least bit distracted about what’s going on around them, which makes me think that this is some sort of recreational area.
Aakriti Oli (White Oak middle school ,Ohio)
@Owen M. I like how you are making interactions about the people on the boat and the divers. I agree with everything you said. Good job.
Christian Garcia (El Monte)
SEMHS, what I get from this picture is a relaxing vibe, as there is many couples/families just on their boats In a New York City vibe because of the tall buildings and park like trees. But then with a splash off oddness as their is these men just diving in the water with full snorkel suits. The people are also dressed in old fashion clothing as if this work of art was takin in the 80’s.
Ilianna Tompkins (Michigan)
This image seems to be set in a big city. I think this because you can see skyscrapers. There also is a lot of people like in a big city. The photo seems to be old. Because it is in black and white grainy, unlike photos today which are usually in color and have a higher-definition. There seems to be some people maybe looking for something. I feel this was because you do not typically scuba dive in a pond in town. I also see people in boats. It looks like the photo was taken in the warmer months. I think this because the people in the boats are wearing clothing as if It was warm outside. The photo looks like it was taken in a park. I think this because of the pond, all the trees, the boats, and all the people there.
Mrs. Schlaff (Michigan)
@Ilianna Tompkins You make a number of interesting observations about the time period, the clothing and the purpose of the scuba diving. You guessed that they are looking for something. I wonder what it might be. You noted that they are in a city. Any guesses as to where it might be?
Jason (SEMHS)
What I see in this picture is some buildings in the back ground which means that they are in a city. Another thing I saw in this picture were the scuba divers and it seems like they just finished searching through the water. Something else I saw was that there are people on their boat just peacefully rowing their boat.Somthing else that coughs my attention was was the picture it’s self because it looks like it was take back in like the 1900’s or so due to the black and white photograph. (SEMHS)
Diana Pedroza (SEMHS)
What I see in the picture is a large lake with scuba divers and people in rowing boats. In my opinion this picture isn’t resent. What makes me say that this picture isn’t resent are the colors of the imagine which are black and white as well as how the people are dressed it seems to me that this image could be from the 1980s. Something else that I see in this image is that it might be in a big city because of the buildings in the back. I can also see that that the lake seems to be clean because the scuba divers are swimming in it and a peaceful and nice place to go on a date on. What makes me say this is that the people that are in the rowing boats seem to be in pairs which makes me think that they are on dates .
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
@Diana Pedroza - thanks for your comment this morning! It sounds like you are building on and agreeing with others' comments in your own understanding here. You agree with @Destiny Matson that, because it's a black and white picture, it might be from the past. You agree with @Kelly Diep that it might be a big city. You also used words like peacefully and nice to describe this scene and the feeling of the setting. Could you tell us more? What do you see that makes you say the feeling is nice?
Destiny Matson (SEMHS)
In this picture I can see a lake with few subjects in it such as scuba divers and people on boats. The black and white colors along with the style people are dressed in suggest that this is an old picture. The location looks as if its the beginning of a big city, I say the beginning of a big city because there are few large buildings and it looks odd and empty when you compare it to the big cities we have now. The subjects in the boat seem unconcerned or oblivious to the scuba divers in the lake as they continue to row their boats. Overall the art piece has a sense of peace since there isn’t too much going on and nobody in the art seems concerned.
EmilyAOSE (Academy of Saint Elizabeth)
@Destiny Matson That is a good point that you bring up about the people in the boats. I did not pay much attention to their reactions to the scuba divers. They do not seem shocked, which leads me to believe that this is a regular occurrence. These scuba divers could be a part of some sort of club that meets regularly.
Aakriti Oli (White Oak middle school ,Ohio)
@Destiny Matson You brought up some good points. The people on the boats did not seem to care about what the scuba divers were doing. I did not notice that until you brought it up. Good job.
Kelly Diep (SEMHS)
Looking at this photograph, I can see that this was taken in the city that never sleeps, New York City, due to the tall buildings. If this photo wasn’t in black and white, it can be seen that the people are enjoying the outdoors due to the people engaging in recreational activities. The 4 different couples that are present in the water seems to be on a romantic date, which suggest it to be Valentine’s day. In addition, with the scuba divers present at the bottom of the photograph, their purpose seems to be managing the couples if they need assistance or to have a performance to enhance the couples’s special day.
Roselyn Lucas (SEMHS)
I think this picture is old. What makes me say this is that it is a black and white picture. Which makes me this Ig was taken when color was still not a thing. I also see scuba divers in the front of the picture. It seems to me that they are looking for something. There are also what seems to me to be couples in boats. I also see that this picture must have been taken in a big city. What make me say this it that I see a large building in the background. I believed the setting is a park. What makes me say this is that there is a pond and a lot of trees in the background.
Daniela Sosa (SEMHS)
In this picture there seems to be several scuba divers and they may be looking for something of great value. Since there are many men and women in boats, there is a high chance that maybe someone dropped something in the lake. Or another possibility could be is just a few people wanting to see if they can find anything or remove trash. To me it looks like it is around the 1980s because it look modern but still old fashion by the way people are dressed.
Valeria (SEMHS)
The image looks like it has been taken around the 1900’s because of what they are wearing. The image is also black and white but there is color picking through in the right top. The locals are riding a boat which isn’t usual every park has something like that. The scuba divers are a unusual thing. They could be looking for something or cleaning the lake.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
@Valeria - thanks for your comment! You are thinking carefully about when this picture was taken, based on the clothes of the figures as well as the color palette here. I hear you calling our attention to the small splash of color at the top of the picture, which seems to be nowhere else in the composition. You're agreeing with others who are thinking some parts are usual and some parts are unusual. You are venturing to guess what the people in the foreground are doing. What do you see that makes you say the people in scuba gear could be perhaps looking for something or cleaning?
Emily (south el monte)
What I see in this picture is that it takes place in a city. Something that got my attention were the scuba divers i’m sure they’re looking for something valuable with all that equipment on . But other than that it seems like a normal day in the city. The time era may be from where pictures didn’t have any color yet. (Semhs)
Sofia Alvarez (SEMHS)
It looks like this takes place in a big city because I see the buildings in the back. The scuba divers also look out of place due to the fact that there are people doing normal things like riding boats in the background. It also looks like they’re looking for something in the water
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
Welcome to this morning's discussion, @Sofia Alvarez! It sounds like you agree with @Valeria that some of this feels normal to you (based on your interpretation of the setting) and some feels abnormal, or out of place. I hear you building on what the scuba divers might then be doing out of place in this scene. What do you see that makes you say they might be looking for something in the water.
Valeria (SEMHS)
This image looks like it’s been taken around the 1900’s, of what the ladies are wearing. It looks like they are in a park, the trees and lake. The skyscraper gives me New York in the Time Square when I first saw it. When I saw the people on the boats thought it was normal since most park let people ride something to go in the lake. The scuba are unusual.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
@Valeria - thank you for sharing your ideas today. It sounds like you're first thinking about the setting, or when and where it takes place. Then you are thinking about what you might expect to see in this location, and what you seems really unusual or surprising for this place. Let's keep looking - what more can we find?
Edith Benito (SEMHS)
What I see in this picture is that it takes place in a big city. I say this because of the big buildings in the background. What also makes me say it's a big city is the pond. This makes me say this because in old movies(black and white) they would show a scene similar to this in a big city. What I also see is the scuba divers looking for something. I say this because it reminds me of a youtube channel that is used to watch, where they would use the same equipment and would look for items (almost like treasure hunting). I also believe this was taken with a camera back in the day. I say this because it looks really realistic.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
@Edith Benito - thanks for sharing your understanding of this picture with us today! I appreciate hearing you use your observations here, as well as your own personal experience, to add to your interpretation of this image. You're curious about the setting here - noting this looks like a pond in perhaps a big city. You are also pulling from your personal experience of watching youtube channels about something similar to treasure-hunting, and wondering if a similar thing is happening here. I hear you also noting the realistic-ness of this picture, and how that leads you to conclude it's a photograph, but perhaps an older photograph. Thanks for looking carefully! What more can we find?
Edith Benito (SEMHS)
What I see in this picture is that it takes place in a big city. I say this because of the big buildings in the background. What also makes me say it's a big city is the pond. This makes me say this because in old movies(black and white) they would show a scene similar to this in a big city. What I also see is the scuba divers looking for something. I say this because it reminds me of a youtube channel that is used to watch, where they would use the same equipment and would look for items (almost like treasure hunting). I also believe this was taken with a camera back in the day. I say this because it looks really realistic.
Zach McNichols (SEMHS)
This photo seems to be taken in a time era where color either wasn’t used in pictures yet or just simply wasn’t possible. For example, around some time in the 1900s.The setting looks very similar to Central Park in New York due to the fountain at the end of the pond which looks similar to the one in the park today. Another observation that made me believe the setting is in New York is the tall buildings in the background towering over the city. I also believe that this picture was taken on a weekend afternoon due to the amount of people enjoying outside activities and even though the picture is black and white, you can tell the sun is out and shining. I can tell the sun is out also because people are wearing hats to block the sun from their eyes. Activities that the people are enjoying are scuba diving and rowing.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
@Zach McNichols - thanks for sharing your thoughts this morning! It sounds like you're looking carefully at the setting here, and perhaps even recognizing some elements! You see a fountain that looks similar to the current fountain in Central Park in New York City. You're also thinking carefully about the time this was taken - you're hypothesizing it's the weekend during a sunny time of year. It sounds like you disagree with others who think the scuba divers are doing a job - you think they're having fun like the rowers! What do you see that makes you say that?
Diane Puentes (South El Monte High School)
In this picture I can see that it is in black-and-white. What I also noticed is that the picture was taken in what seems to look like a park with a lake. What makes me say that is because there are a couple of people doing activities, such as being on land, on a boat, and even scuba diving. I find that pretty odd because normally you would only see people scuba diving in the ocean. I also notice that the picture could resemble maybe an older time frame.
Joseph Campos (SEMHS)
In the picture it looks like if it were taken in a big city. It looks like a big city because of the trees and and buildings in the back. There is also scuba divers looking for something in what looks like a lake. There's couples rowing boats wearing clothes that looks like the 90's.
Aldo Albarran (SEMHS)
In this picture, I see an event going on at a lake in a park. I believe it is a park because of the trees and the fountain in the back. There is also a banner on the pole to the right but I could not identify what it has on it. The event seems to revolve around people on rowboats and scuba divers. There are two per boat and they seem to be enjoying themselves indicated by their relaxed and calm postures which might be the purpose of the event. The scuba divers do not seem to have a particular goal by the fact that they are huddled together in the water. That makes me believe that they are there to monitor what is going on rather than look for things under water like traditional scuba divers. The black and white picture indicates that this image was taken fairly long ago. The skyscrapers in the back also reveal that this could have took place in New York.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
Thank you @Aldo Albarran for your comment, and welcome to this morning's discussion! I hear you observing really fine details - like the banner in the background, the amount of people in each boat, and the postures of the figures. From these, you are able to make conclusions about the event that's being depicted here. You are also observing the background and the color scheme of this image, and concluding the setting might be New York, perhaps a long time ago. Thanks for looking so carefully! What more can we find?
Emilia AOSE (AOSE)
In this picture you can see people in the water wearing some type of scuba diving outfit. There are quite a few of them, so I'm guessing that they are looking for something. If this is true, the thing the are looking for must not be toxic or dangerous because the water would be evacuated and nobody would be on it, but you can see people on boats who aren't these divers. The people on the boats don't seem very distracted or interested in the divers, so this may be a normal thing they did. I'm guessing this picture was taken sometime in the mid to late 1900s based on the peoples' outfits and the black and white picture. There are skyscrapers in the background which makes be think this picture was taken in New York City in the summertime (judging by the full trees and the fact that people are sailing and not wearing coats or anything like that), but there's no way to really tell where this takes place for sure.
KatieD AOSE (Academy of St. Elizabeth)
This picture appears to be from a while ago. It is most likely from the 50s because it is in black and white. The people on the boats are also wearing clothing that is not modern. The people on the boats seem to just be enjoying their time. The people in the scuba gear are either searching for something or are just doing it for fun. This does not seem like it is a large body of water. It is most likely just a lake or large pond. This is probably taking place in a city-like area.
Alex Diaz (SEMHS)
There are scuba divers looking for a lost valuable in the lake. Since there are 4 of them in one area, I believe they are all looking for the same thing. It seems like a lake since it isn’t that big and there are other people around them. The buildings in the back make me think that they could be at a park.
Chris (San Mateo)
Seeing divers in a boating lake is quite unusual. I am wondering how many divers there are. In addition to the four in the foreground, there are at least two and perhaps three visible in the distance. Perhaps there are submerged divers too. The boaters seem to be enjoying themselves. Two in the boat in the middle of the picture look as if they are talking with one of the divers. The sense of calmness in the photo suggests that the divers may be there for training or enjoyment. Perhaps they are learning to dive.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
@Chris - thank you for your comment this morning! It sounds like you are struck right away by the presence of divers in what appears to be a lake for boating! You're noting specifics of this surprising element of the picture - how many divers there are, and how they might be interacting with the figures in the boats. Overall, you think they are in-keeping with the general calm you perceive in the picture, and they might be there for leisure or for training. Could you tell us more? What do you see that makes you say the picture feels calm to you? Keep up the great close-looking!
Claudia Trejo (Semhs)
I see lots of tress and building maybe it’s los angles or possible New York even. I see both couples on boats and on shore, maybe it’s a family park or community park too even. I also see divers maybe the lake connects to the ocean or the divers are looking for new things in a new environment. From viewing so many people outside maybe the weather is so hot or maybe the like being outside in the sun. In the very back the building on the far right it looks like something is biting because of the nice weather because things are most likely to catch on fire with such a warm temperature.
Sujey Flores (SEMHS)
When looking at the picture the scuba divers are the first thing that stands out and I can see they are scuba divers by the equipment they are wearing. They are probably several of them swimming around the lake searching for something. It doesn't seem like it's an urgent thing, because the local people you can tell are still riding in the boats as if it were just like a regular day . The background shows very tall skyscrapers in New York City which I can believe was shot. The picture's color is also black and white, and it was probably taken in the mid 60's due to the clothes the women are wearing.
Elaiza Jimenez (SEMHS)
The image above clearly takes place outside in a building, as it shows big trees and buildings in the background. I believe it was taken in the mid 1900’s because of the white clothing the woman is wearing in the boat and also the black and white picture is more clear and defined in color. Another thing that I see is that people, mostly adults are doing recreational activities in the lake such as scuba diving and canoeing in a large lake, in where people rent them so others can enjoying each other’s company, possibly during the weekend, in where they have free time. The suba divers on another hand is hard to determine what their doing, my first thought was that they were looking for gold but then I told myself, why at a lake? So then I thought either one they are looking for something someone lost or two, they are just doing it for fun, because honestly who would want to scuba dive at a lake, in where you can’t really see a lot. So they must just be doing it for fun and do an activity together.
Daniel (South El Monte)
In the following image you can see that the image looks a little old because of the black and white. It seems as of the scuba divers are looking for something because of how many there are. It also seems that the couples in the back are not concerned of the scuba divers presence in the water. This looks like a big city park because of the buildings in the background. (SEMHS)
Daniela alcazar (Semhs)
I think the people on the row boats are on dates on valentine's day and the scubadivers are performing something for them. I see that there are two people per boat which is why I think it's a romantic day and since the scuba divers are in the middle of a pond in a city( there's tall buildings so I'm assuming it's a city like Seattle or New York). The photo is in black and white so perhaps it was taken in the past or the photographer just put it in black and white to have a vintage look. One of the passengers on the row boats is also wearing a bathing suit so perhaps the scuba divers are meant to push the boat?. Or another theory is that this was a scripted picture where it's meant to demonstrate the past and future. The past being the couple in the row boat wearing bathing suits and the future being the scuba divers. Perhaps because they are 2earing completely different attire it's supposed to show that in the future the water is to acidic or basic for human skin so they have to wear suits to go swimming?. Referencing SEMHS
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
@Daniela alcazar, thanks for joining this morning's discussion! I hear you looking carefully at this scene and trying to think about how the different pieces fit together. I appreciate hearing you think through several different interpretations as to what could be going on here! You're wondering if the scuba divers might be performers for the people in the boats, or if they are perhaps pushing the boats along. You also wonder if perhaps this is meant to shed light on the past vs. the future, and perhaps it shows a dystopia - an undesirable, imagined future in which the water is not possible to swim in without protective gear. Could you tell us more - what do you see that makes you say this might be a scripted picture (or one that is meant to demonstrate something), as opposed to being candid or natural?
Daniela alcazar (Semhs)
@VTS Moderator At first I thought it may have been a scripted picture because I thought scuba gear seemed like an odd thing to wear if they were performers, synchronized swimming suits would have made more sense in my opinion or if it was meant to be a valentine's day performance perhaps flashier swim gear would have been more accurate. After taking another look at the photo the divers seem to be quite far away from the boats as well and are forming a diagonal line with the divers in the back. My take on that is that perhaps they keep their distance from the rowers to show that they are not purposely in the water to perform.
Alejandra Sanchez (SEMHS)
in the picture above it shows that there’s people inside a lake trying to look for something underwater . It looks like it’s taking place in New York, it doesn’t look like a big fuss that their there because there is other people rowing on their boats. The scuba divers body language looks like it’s their first time doing this. The picture looks like it was taken in 1900’s. It seems like it’s summer and everyone’s enjoying themselves.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
@Alejandra Sanchez - thank you for your comment this morning! It sounds like you're really considering the small details here - the diver's body language, the calmness of the situation - to lead you to your conclusions. Could you tell us more? What do you see that makes you say the body language of those in scuba gear seems like it's their first time doing this?
Diane Puentes (South El Monte)
In this picture, I can see that is it in black and white. What I also see is that the picture is taken in somewhat looks like a park with a lake. What makes me say that is that there are many people there, people are on boats, and people are scuba diving, which is sorta odd because usually you would see people scuba diving in the ocean, not a lake. Another thing that I notice was that everyone seems to be minding their own business. (SEMHS)
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
Welcome to this morning's discussion, @Diane Puentes, and thank you for commenting! It sounds like you are first struck by the color scheme of this picture - noticing that it is black and white. You are also noticing the setting (that it seems to be a lake in a park) and observing the people doing different activities here. You are also observing the lack of interaction between the figures, or people, here. What do you see that makes you say they are all minding their own business?
Annelisse (AOSE)
This picture looks like it was not taken too recently because of the black and white. I believe it may take place in the 1950s-60s because of what the people are wearing. It takes place in a body of water, like a river, near a city. Maybe some people are there for a day trip and it is a spot where couples can go in a boat together. Because of this, I'd assume the water isn't too deep, however there are also people in scuba gear. There are actually a lot of them in the water so I think they're searching for something.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
@Annelisse - thanks for sharing your thoughts today! I hear you thinking carefully about the setting - or the time and place - of this picture. You're also wondering about several possible interpretations here - you are thinking this is a good place for couples to go, and you're also wondering about the depth of the water here. What do you see that makes you say on the one hand it shouldn't be deep, and on the other, it might be?
Alyssa Medina (SEMHS)
It’s seems as though a group of scuba divers are looking for something important in a lake. I assume it is a lake, because there are other people doing things such as rowing in a boat. Also, it seems like the lake is somewhere in a city like New York, because there are many tall buildings surrounding the lake.
KatieD AOSE (Academy of St. Elizabeth)
@Alyssa Medina I agree that the people are on a lake. I also noticed how they are in an urban area. What do you think the scuba divers are searching for?
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
Thank you for your comment @Alyssa Medina. You're carefully considering the possibilities in this picture - that it might be a lake, possibly in a big city like New York, and the scuba divers in the foreground might be looking for something important. Could you tell us more? What do you see that makes you say they might be looking for something important in the lake?
Sonali aose (Academy of Saint Elizabeth)
This picture is most likely taken in a big city because of the tall buildings in the background. There are many couples in row boats in the lake. This lake seems to be in the middle of a park. One thing I noticed is in all the boats was they are only couples. This makes me think the park has organized some sort of couple day. This picture was probably taken in the sixties because of the women's hats and the fact that the photo was taken in black and white, which was still common in the 60s. There are 4 scuba divers in the lake. I think they are looking for something in the lake. They are definitely going deep underwater because of all their gear. The divers don't seem to be an interruption to anyone because all the in the boats do not seem distracted by the divers.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
@Sonali aose - thank you for sharing your thoughts on what might be happening in this morning's picture. You're noticing some small details that allow you to come to some conclusions - the presence of only couples in the boats makes you think it might be a specific couples event, and the seriousness of the scuba gear makes you think the divers might be going deep. Let's keep looking - what more can you find?
Mrs. Angove (Saskatchewan)
People in New York are enjoying a summer day. We know it's summer because the ladies are in bathing suits and the trees have leafed out. The scuba divers are either searching for something, or they are taking lessons to learn how to scuba dive. We think that this photo was taken recently, in the last decade.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
@Mrs. Angove - thank you for joining this morning's discussion! It sounds like you are considering the setting here - specifically the time and place of the picture. You think it might be summer in New York in the last 10 years. You are also offering several different ideas on what the scuba divers could be doing. What do you see that makes you say they might be either searching for something, or perhaps learning to dive? And let's keep looking - what more can we find?
Emilia AOSE (AOSE)
@Mrs. Angove If this picture was taken within the decade, why do you think it's taken or filtered in black and white?
Samuel (South el monte)
What I see in this picture is towers and people riding in boats and just relaxing haveing fun watching the view of the city in the park and I see scuba divers trying to find something or just trying to find fish or gold and I see trees and people haveing a good day and just playing around In the park with there family or walking their dogs or running
Brynn (Academy of Saint Elizabeth)
This picture is taking place in New York City on a river. This river is the Hudson river, and when this picture was taken, there was something strange happening. The picture being in black and white suggests to me that this is in the 1960s or around that time, and the outfits of the women appear to be dated. The women are in row boats with someone else in each, possibly their significant other. I believe these people on boats are all in a movie filming, and the scuba divers shown in the water are the movie directors/filmers. The reason they are under water is to get a good angle for the film, possibly which could be a shark attack movie, like jaws, or just something with fish and sea creatures.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
Welcome to this morning's conversation @Brynn! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us on this week's picture. I hear you agree with others who say this might be set in New York City. You think it might be an older image, perhaps set in the 1960s. It sounds like you also have a novel idea as to who the scuba divers might be, and what they might be doing - you think they might be assisting in helping film a movie. Could you tell us more - what do you see that makes you say they might be filming?
Kevin Medrano (SEMHS)
There are scuba divers because they have all that gear on and it seems as if they are looking for something in the lake. To me it looks like a lake because it’s not very large and it’s surrounded by land and trees. Normally you wouldn’t see scuba divers at a lake, I find it rare, they’d usually be at the ocean or something. Another thing is that this must be some park due to all the trees and people that are on rowboats. In the background you can see some buildings so I’m assuming they’re in a city. Since the picture is in black and white maybe this was taken in an older time.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
@Kevin Medrano - thank you for your comment this morning! It sounds like you are looking carefully at the details in this image, and basing your conclusions off of the evidence you see. You agree with others who think this might be a lake in a city park, and you're noting the black and white quality and concluding this is an older scene. You're also highlighting the strange thing about this image - that there are scuba divers in a place you might not normally expect to see them! Let's keep looking - what more can we find?
Jakara (white oak middle school)
In this picture, some diving men are looking for something in the water while others are in their boats minding their business . Some people are paddling in their boats. This proves that their are people in their boats not paying attention to the divers. Another fact is that the divers have to wear protective clothing to not get wet. This proves that they are in the water. Another fact is that some of the men are coming from underwater and others are going under. This proves that they are looking for something underwater. These are my three reasons on why I believe that these diving men are looking for something, while others are in there boats minding their business.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
@Jakara - thank you for your thorough reading of this picture! You are noticing evidence to prove your claims about what the scuba divers are doing, and how that is different from the people in the boats. Let's keep looking - what more can we find?
Karla Ortega (South El Monte High School)
Looking at the picture I assume that it was taken in New York simply because of the tall buildings and it’s as if I can imagine how vibrant and urban the environment would be if it wasn’t in black and white. The couples in the boat seem to be doing the activity as if it was something that was hosted that day, kind of like an event that could be set up for Valentines Day. This only leads me to believe that the scuba divers were there to help manage anything in order to keep the couples safe or to perform an act for the couples to enjoy, as entertainers.
Jakara (white oak middle school)
@Karla Ortega , I totally agree with you. this makes perfect sense
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
Thank you for your comment this morning, @Karla Ortega! You're considering all aspects of this picture - looking closely at the background to conclude this might be in New York, and examining the foreground to hypothesize this might be a special event. Could you tell us more? What do you see that makes you say this might be a Valentine's Day celebration?
Annelisse (AOSE)
@Karla Ortega You're right, it probably was something like a couples' day. It might be New York. I never thought of the scuba divers as entertainment but possibly. They could definitely be there to help things move smoothly.
Abel Chagollan (South el monte)
In this picture I see people scuba diving and in boats. I also notice that the lake is in the center of a park. Another thing I see is that there are really tall building in the back round. Finally, I think the scuba diving are at the lake looking for something because most scuba divers go to a lake to find valuable things. (SEMHS)
Emilia AOSE (AOSE)
@Abel Chagollan Do you think it's typical to see divers in lake's or would you say it's more common in oceans and wider open bodies of water?
Jonathan Oidor (Semhs)
In my opinion I believe that it was just a regular day in the city in New York, where people were enjoying their nice boat trip! But it also looks like this picture was taken in the 1900s because of how the women in the background have their style! The location may perhaps be Central Park. Secondly, you see the scuba divers who popped up from the water, which they possibly were looking for some sort of an item or necessity or that caught their attention towards that pond!
Jakara (white oak middle school)
@Jonathan Oidor , this makes perfect sense !
Sonali aose (Academy of Saint Elizabeth)
@Jonathan Oidor Hi Jonathan! I was wondering what made you think that this picture was taken in New York City and central park. There are so many other parks in the middle of cities.
Annelisse (AOSE)
@Jonathan Oidor I was also thinking maybe Central park! I also think that the scuba divers were probably looking for something in the pond, because I can't think of another reason why they would be disturbing the people in the boats.
Ariana (GCS)
I think that the time of this photo was probably in the sixties, due to the woman's clothes in the background and the fact that they are using rowboats. Also it might be in late spring to early fall, due to the trees in the background. Also, it might be in the middle of the day, because you can see sun shining on the lake. I think the place where this photo was taken is a public park, because of the lake and a water fountain in the background. I think the reason the scuba divers are there is probably not too big of a problem because everyone in the photo looks pretty calm and there are people in rowboats on the lake it must not be a crime scene. maybe someone on the rowboat dropped something important. Maybe the scuba divers are there to see if the lake water is safe to swim in. Maybe they are there to clean the lake. Maybe they are fixing something that is out of the picture , like a statue or a monument or a bridge.
Jakara (white oak middle school)
@Ariana Why so many maybes ? are you having second guesses on your thoughts ?
EmilyAOSE (Academy of Saint Elizabeth)
@Ariana I agree with your comments about the scuba divers not being there for any serious reasons, because if they were they would have evacuated the lake. I do not however think that they are there to see if the lake is safe to swim in because then I doubt they would let people ride boats on the lake. Perhaps the scuba divers are looking for something that someone had dropped, or maybe they are there for recreational purposes.
Ariana (GCS)
@EmilyAOSE I agree with everything you've just said, except for the part about how people in rowboats wouldn't be there if the water wasn't safe. I think that since this is set in the sixties, it might not be as safe. Obviously, I have not lived in the sixties, but I would assume that it was not as safe as the present. But I do agree that it would be weird if the scuba divers were there just to test the water safeness.
Uliana AOSE (Academy of St. Elizabeth)
The skyscrapers in the background suggest that this is a park in New York City. It is most likely summer if people are using boats on the lake. There are many scuba divers, which seems very unusual, but this is most likely a job of some sort. They may be looking for something lost in the lake or trying to clean up any unwanted objects from the lake. They could also be scientists that are researching the ecosystem in this lake. Despite them working in the lake it is nothing urgent because other people are still using boats. The area between the divers and the boats is divided by buoys.
VTS Moderator (Alice) (Los Angeles, CA)
@Uliana AOSE, thank you for your comment this morning! It sounds like you are really paying attention to the setting in this image - what seems normal to you and what seems out of place. You're highlighting the scuba divers in the foreground seem abnormal, and I hear you offering several different ideas as to what they could be doing? Could you tell us more? What do you see that makes you say they might be doing a job - either cleaning up the lake or researching the ecosystem?
Karina Berber (SEMHS)
The picture seems to have been taken in a park that could be in the center of a city. I believe it can be in a city due to the fact that you see y’all buildings in the background. It could have been taken on a weekend because you have people sitting calmly in a boat and scuba divers. These activities seem more likely to happen on a weekend rather than a weekday. The picture can also demonstrate a disconnection between the busy lifestyle of a city life and the calmness of the park
VTS Moderator (Alice) (Los Angeles, CA)
Welcome to this morning's discussion, @Karina Berber, and thanks for sharing your ideas today! It sounds like you are thinking about the difference between the background, the city, and the foreground, the park, and you're concluding they are perhaps somewhat contrasting, or opposite, scenes! (I hear you saying the city in the background might represent a busier kind of lifestyle, and the scene in the foreground might represent leisure or weekend activities.) What do you see that makes you say the foreground, or park area, feels particularly calm to you, or like it might have happened on a weekend?
KatieD AOSE (Academy of St. Elizabeth)
@Karina Berber I also noticed the tall buildings in the background so this is most likely in a city. I saw the people doing different activities with the water.
Dylan Johnson (Matthews Middle School)
I think this picture was taken in the 50s, and it was taken in Louisiana because of the big pelican statue(state bird) on a lake and the scuba divers are lifeguards making sure the boats are safe. I think the person that is not in a boat or in scuba gear fell out of a boat that is not in the picture, and he is floating because there is secretly a scuba diver under him.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
Thank you for sharing your ideas this morning, @Dylan Johnson! You are thinking carefully about the setting - the time and place - of this image, and wondering if it could be in the 1950s in Louisiana. You are also considering what role the scuba divers might be playing, and I hear you concluding that they might be helping, or protecting, the people in the boats. Could you tell us more - what do you see that makes you say they are protecting the people in the boats?
Emma K. AOSE (Academy of Saint Elizabeth)
I think that this picture was taken in Central Park in New York City. I notice the tall buildings in the background, and from personal experience, this looks like a scene from central park, especially with the tourists and the trees. I assume that this was taken in the 1950's because of the fashion style of the women and the black and white quality of the photograph. I also noticed that there were scuba divers in the front of the picture. They are probably fixing a fountain, or testing the safety of this lake. The scuba divers could test the water quality for the animals, to provide a safe atmosphere, or they could even be searching for something that was lost.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
@Emma K. AOSE - welcome to this morning's conversation! It sounds like you agree with others like @Colleen AOSE in that you both think this might be taking place in Central Park in New York City. You also agree that this might be post WWII - the 1950s specifically - and I hear you looking closely at the clothing you see for evidence of the time period. It sounds like you also are thinking there could be multiple interpretations as to why the scuba divers are in the water - they might be fixing something, testing the safety of the water, providing safety, or searching for a lost item. What do you see that makes you say that you're unsure as to what they're doing?
Emma K. AOSE (Academy of Saint Elizabeth)
@VTS Moderator I am unsure about what the scuba divers are doing because in a city lake, there could be many possibilities. Maybe there was a crime, because in cities, that is always possible. Or perhaps, the water just needs to be tested for the safety of people. I question why there are so many scuba divers, which could lead me to believe that there is something important going on.
Marcus chick (Manistee)
I think it is a training for diving, because there is buoys in a rectangel and in it is peopel in diving gear and think the people in the boats are instructors telling them what to do.
Brynn (Academy of Saint Elizabeth)
@Marcus chick good thought about the training of scuba divers. Why do you think that they are training around the public?
Mrs. Schlaff (Michigan)
@Marcus chick Interesting observation about the buoys. I hadn't noticed them at first. You think that they are training. Do you have any guesses about where they might be?
Sonali aose (Academy of Saint Elizabeth)
@Marcus chick I did not think about that fact that the divers were practicing which is a very good point! But i disagree with you when you said the people in the boats are giving directions. The people in the boats seem to be rowing and enjoying their day, not helping the scuba drivers.
Colleen AOSE (Academy of St. Elizabeth)
I believe that this is a photo of people enjoying their time in post World War 2 New York City. The photo is in black and white and based on the style of clothing the people in the boats are wearing and the lack of multiple skyscrapers in the background, I believe that this is early 1900s New York City. The fountain at the very end of the pond furthers my thought that this is New York, specifically Central Park since there is a large fountain just like that one in the park today. The one thing that does confuse me is why the people would be scuba diving in a public park. I believe that these are people who are testing out a new invention that was a product of the war, scuba diving. During World War 2, two frenchmen in German-occupied France invented the first scuba diving set for the French Navy to use. Now that the war is over, I beileve that they sold their product for recreational use as seen in this photo.
Emma K. AOSE (Academy of Saint Elizabeth)
@Colleen AOSE I like your connection to new inventions during World War 2. However, would scuba divers be able to swim in close proximity to other people on row boats, especially for recreational use? Would this be a hazard?
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles, CA)
@Emma K. AOSE - thank you for your reply to @Colleen AOSE's original comment! @Colleen AOSE, I hear you looking carefully at the background of the image and wondering about the setting here - you think it might be Central Park in New York City after World War II. @Emma K. AOSE, you are building on the original comment and wondering about the scuba divers in the foreground. @Colleen AOSE - what do you see that makes you say the gear they are using might be a new invention? And what more can we find?
Emma AOSE (Academy of Saint Elizabeth)
this obviously seems to be some sort of community lake or even a private one with a lot of members. I see two things in this picture. One is that it might be a very nice day, causing may people to be out on rowboats to enjoy the day and some are scuba diving maybe to look for something at the bottom of the lake. My second guess is that maybe someone pr something drowned or got lost in the water and all of these people are almost a search party. It's not very common for there to be scuba divers in lakes, so because of that, it leads me to believe that they're there to look for something important or precious that is under the water and that the people in the boats are looking to see if there's anything to help their search above the water.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles)
Morning @Emma AOSE! It sounds like one idea you are considering is of this image as a whole, where even the people depicted have a unified mission and are searching for something, or someone, together. What did you see that made you say that? I'm also interested in these polar ideas of the body of water being either a community lake or a private lake. Tell us what you saw in the image that made you consider these two options. Keep it up!
Sophia AOSE (AOSE)
This photo has a bunch of scuba divers that I think are looking for something. I can tell because why else would they be scuba diving in a busy river full of boats and people. This photo also looks like it was taken in a city, because of the tall skyscrapers in the back. Maybe it was taken in Central Park, NYC. I'm guessing this photo was taken around the 1950's because it is in black and white, and the outfits the people in the boats are wearing fit that time frame. This was probably summertime because everyone on the boats are wearing short sleeves.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles)
Hey @Sophia AOSE, thanks for contributing to today's image discussion. There have many many ideas tossed around regarding the setting, and you've suggested a new idea about this body of water. What do you see that makes you say this might be a river?
stephen (gcs)
i think that there looking for something of value however it seems very public so not dangerous. or classified i also think that it seems romantic that might be part of it.
Emma AOSE (Academy of Saint Elizabeth)
@stephen Interesting answer. If it's a romantic gathering, why do you think there are scuba divers there? That's pretty odd, right?
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles)
Greetings @stephen! Thanks for sharing your interpretation of the image with us. I'm interested in hearing more about your ideas! What do you see that makes you say they are looking for something? That it might be valuable? I'm also intrigued by this romantic aspect that you mentioned. What do you see that makes you say this could be romantic? Tell us more!
Colleen AOSE (Academy of St. Elizabeth)
@stephen Hi! I think you have some very interesting points. Why do you think that what they are doing is classified. It is a public park and there are people sitting in the boats. Don't you think they would ask questions about why these strange people are swimming in the lake?
Noah Anderson (Arlington VA)
I think they are looking for something because of the amount of scuba divers also I think this in a park in Chicago because to can se the buildings in the background
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles)
@Noah Anderson good morning! Like others, you agree that the divers are looking for something. What do you see that makes you say the quantity of divers supports this hypothesis? You also agree that this looks like a park in an urban setting, noticing the buildings in the background. While most have suggested that this image is set in New York, you think it might be in Chicago. What do you see that makes you say that? Always remember to root your ideas in evidence from the image, and keep up the good work!
Brynn (Academy of Saint Elizabeth)
@Noah Anderson What do you think they are looking for? A dead body? Hidden treasure?
Baylen H. (Amherst, NH)
I think this is in Florida because of the trees - which might be Spanish Moss. I think the scuba divers might be diving to find trash in the water. I see a lot of boats on the water. I think the picture is old because it's black and white and there are people wearing clothes you don't see anymore.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles)
@Baylen H. welcome to the image discussion! You've presented an alternative idea, that this image might be set in Florida instead of New York. You noticed the vegetation in the image, specifically the trees and what might be Spanish Moss hanging from their branches. Keep looking. What more can you find?
Uliana AOSE (Academy of St. Elizabeth)
@Baylen H. It looks more like New York City. The skyscrapers in the background suggest this, and it also looks like it is Central Park. I definitely agree that this picture was taken several decades ago. What do you think the significance of the scuba divers is? Are they testing the water or trying to clean up the trash? The divers look separated from the boats by buoys.
Katie A (academy of saint Elizabeth)
In this picture it looks like divers are in a pond with birds and people boating around them. Due to the outfits people are wearing as well as the fact that the picture is black and white, I assume that it is taken in the 1950s or 60s. I wonder why the diver are in the pond and what they are looking for. Maybe they are trying to put a fountain in the lake and they need people to review what the floor of the pond looks like, or maybe they are trying to help the animals that live in that pond have a cleaner environment to live in? I also am wondering why the boaters and divers are in the pond at the same time, isn't that a hazard? Also I think this picture is in central park due to the viable towers which look familiar as I think I have seen them in the skyline of the Upper East Side, and also I believe the fountain in the picture is the Bethesda fountain, in Central Park.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles)
Hello @Katie A! You think you might be able to specifically identify this location as Bethesda fountain in Central Park, and you're noticing the skyline as the Upper East Side of New York. Two considerations you have are that they are potentially trying to install an additional fountain in the pond, or perhaps this is an environmental clean-up effort. What did you see that made you say that? You're also questioning the safety of having both the divers and boaters in proximity - what do you see that makes you say this might be a hazard?
KathleenAOSE (Academy of Saint Elizabeth's)
In the picture there looks to be a park with buildings in the background. It could possibly be Central Park in NY. There are many people in boats on the lake that look to be for recreational use. There are four scuba divers coming out of the lake to clean the lake. The picture is in black and white and scuba diving was invented in 1942. The woman's dress in the background is also in a 1940-1950 style.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles)
Morning @KathleenAOSE! It's great that you are considering things such as the year scuba diving was invented along with the dress style to try and contextualize the decade that this image was taken. What visual evidence can you provide for your other ideas? For example, what do you see that made you say they are cleaning the lake? That the boaters are all recreational?
Adam (MA)
I assume that the photo was taken on a warm, sunny day in somewhere between late spring and early fall based on the trees, the clothes that people are wearing, and the lighting. It seems to be an old photo because of it being in black and white and because of the clothes the people are wearing. The woman closest to the camera is wearing something similar to what I think of as 60's fashion. Because of the skyscrapers in the background, I think it's in a city, maybe New York. It could be in Central Park. I have a couple thoughts as to why the scuba divers are there. They could be taking samples of the water and plants to test for a chemical imbalance. They could be collecting trash or objects that fell into the water. There could be a structure underneath the water that they are examining to keep up to date.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles)
Hi @Adam! Great use of evidentiary based reasoning, conditional language, and details in all of the ideas you presented on the setting (location, time period, atmosphere). Keep it up! You also offered three different possibilities to explain the presence of the scuba divers. @Angel and @Dan have also suggested that they might be cleaning up the lake. Collecting water samples or examining an underwater structure are two new ideas. What did you see that made you say that these could be other possibilities?
Uliana AOSE (Academy of St. Elizabeth)
@Adam I'm not sure if they are testing for chemical imbalance because there are clearly people still in the water. That seems like a more serious issue, so whatever the scuba divers are looking or testing for is definitely not an urgent issue. I agree that the skyscrapers suggest that this is New York City, and it looks very warm outside.
Angel (Washington, DC)
Scuba divers are helping to clean up the lake in Central Park.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles)
@Angel let's hear more from you! What do you see that makes you say this is Central Park? What more can you find?
Colleen AOSE (Academy of St. Elizabeth)
@Angel Hi! Your perspective that the scuba divers are cleaning the lake is interesting, I hadn't thought of that idea. What do you think they are cleaning up? Why does the park need to be cleaned?
ZoidBerg (BTHS)
I think there has been a murder in the main lake of one New Yorks major parks. Rarley are there scooba divers in park lakes given their man-made beginings and the only logical explanation is that they are searching for a corpse.
Katie A (academy of saint Elizabeth)
@ZoidBerg That'a an interesting thought, but then why would they allow people to be boating if they are doing an investigation?
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles)
Hello @ZoidBerg! Thanks for sharing your ideas with us today. We know that not all lakes are man-made. With this in mind, take a look at the image again and consider why scuba divers might be in this park lake. @Katie A interjected an interesting question regarding the presence of other people at the lake -- this is something to consider as well. What's going on in this picture? Remember to support your ideas with visual evidence found in the image!
Sophia AOSE (AOSE)
@ZoidBerg That is interesting that you think there was a murder in the lake. However why would they let people be boating if it were a murder? Maybe the divers are looking for something, but not a corpse.
Miss Macd's Class (Scotland)
It is summer in Central Park in New York. As it is summer we wonder if this is a race, perhaps a charity event and the people in wetsuits are taking part. Or it could be more sinister and they are police divers doing an investigation for a weapon or body and the boating people are being kept awayy
KathleenAOSE (Academy of Saint Elizabeth's)
@Miss Macd's Class If it is a race, why do the people in the picture looks so relaxed?
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles)
Hi there @Miss Macd's Class! Your students noticed the distance between the divers and the boaters and came up with two very different ideas - perhaps this is a race, or perhaps this is a police investigation of sorts. @KathleenAOSE added that they appear relaxed looking. What did you all see that made you say that? Provide details from the image to support your claims!
Dan (Tokyo)
I see couple of people rowing boat, probably in Central Park. A lady on the boat is in post-war style fashion so this picture might be taken in 50s or early 60s. As color photography got popular among 70s, this monochrome picture was taken before 70s. I think this picture was taken in a warm day as a man on the boat wears short sleeve shirt. I also see people diving into the pond for fun or picking up trash. I also can see some white space around the picture. It makes me think of photography in museums.
KathleenAOSE (Academy of Saint Elizabeth's)
@Dan Why do you think that they are diving for fun? If it is in Central Park is it even allowed to dive for fun?
Katie A (academy of saint Elizabeth)
@Dan Thats a really good conclusion, that they are picking up trash. That seems very possible as they can be trying to help the environment for the wildlife, like the birds, we see in the pond.
VTS Moderator (Los Angeles)
Good morning @Dan @KathleenAOSE and @Katie A! It's so great to see that you all are already in conversation about this image. @Dan you brought up a lot of interesting points and hypotheses. @KathleenAOSE and @Katie A are most interested in your comment regarding the divers in the foreground. @KathleenAOSE what did you see that made you question municipal regulations for diving? @Dan was questioning whether this was a recreational activity or not, @Katie A what did you see that made you agree that this might not be purely for fun? That they might be contributing to pond cleanup? Keep up the close looking and discussion!
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