Listening to Waves


Acar, Selda Salman




Selda Salman Acar is a photographer from Kayseri, Turkey. Her photograph, “Listening to Waves,” won third prize in digital art in the World Health Organization photography competition and is featured in the World Health Organization's online gallery, entitled “Images of health and disability.” In Acar's photograph, a man with a hearing aid stands on a beach at the edge of the water, watching and listening to the waves. This complex image elicits questions about the relationship between ability and disability and the extent to which disabilities hinder people's lives.

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Ability and DisabilityNature and the EnvironmentWisdom and Contemplation

Big Questions

What do we hope to learn from meditation or contemplation?


23rd photograph in the gallery

Sample Discussion Questions

  1. What do we know about the man in the photograph? What do we not know about him?
  2. Why do you think the man is standing at the edge of the water?
  3. How might the man's experience of “listening to the waves” differ from someone who is fully-hearing? Do you think the experience is better for one or the other? Why or why not?
  4. Does this image remind you of the people you work with and/or anyone else in your life? In what ways?
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