From time to time we'll have some photos here in the Short Stories thread, photos that might inspire you to write a story. Today we have a photo from Nap, take a close look at it, and if you feel a story creeping into your mind, share it with us right here on this thread!
In another thread, Sharon, you mentioned telling a story with words.
"It really is a challenging project, trying to project a story through a minimum of images. Sometimes, depending on the photo subject, the story is right there in front of you, but often people will perceive different things, not what you intended at all. But most photos tell a story, so the challenge is making sure the photos 'talk' the way you want them to. " (Sharon)
In considering the above photo of a man and his son, who appear to be in deep contemplation, I've decided to add a few more photos taken the same day. The father has given me permission to post these photos.
Now, is this an example? Do they tell a story? Since I want to understand the concept you are proposing, please advise honestly. Of course, my original intent was not to tell a story, just to capture a touching time between father and son.
O that so changes things for me with the additional photos. Nap the first photo spoke to me of a story from the Muse' perspective and what they saw in the faces of the father and son. Now it may be a different story....
Wow, that's so interesting, dahlia. That perspective is not one that I would have thought of. But it is clear that the additional photos would change the focus. I see your point. It's about the little boy now?
I still see it from the perspective of the Three Graces. They see the little boy from their lonely spot in the middle of the lake. Each of them sees the son she'll never have, the husband who'll never love her, and they regret the wrongful act that caused the spell to be cast on them, the spell that could never be broken.
Frozen for eternity, all they can do is watch the child and long for what they cannot have.
And the little boy, with all the charming wisdom of a little one, he senses their loneliness and his heart hurts for what he doesn't know. But fickle as little children often are, he fast forgets and asks his dad:
Daddy, can I catch a goose? Please, Daddy, please?
The frightened geese turn and rush past the Three Graces, splashing them from head to toe. Just as they always did. Just as they always will do.
It's the photos that are magic, nap. You took the photos.
And they will be different for different viewers, will cause different reactions. It's the emotion the photojournalist is after, that's what she/he wants to grab. Doesn't matter what the real story is, what matters is the feeling the photos create.
And that's what your photo grouping does.
There's the magic.
My initial thoughts on the first picture were colored by my raising alongside precocious kinfolk; as only a precocious kid could sit and ponder the Three Graces. I overheard him calmly explaining it to his (normal IQ) Dad who seems to be looking hard at the sculpture; as if he doesn't quite 'get it' yet.
The subsequent pictures 'normalized' the kid for me and their story changed to a day of fun in the sun: more felt than remembered in such a little tyke.
It depends on your perspective
I see your point, June. I really do. The Dad's hand on the boy's head could be his own attempt at normalizing the boy, to use your perspective. As if to remind him who is the Dad and who is the child. Yes? Or no?
Funny, but in my family a parental hand on the shoulder or head means to "focus completely on what we are discussing". It is how the normal parents talk to the deaf, hyperactive or genius kids. And yes, it is used to show who is in charge.