Thursday, March 7, 2013

photo stories - brock davis

These photos by Davis, taken with his iPhone, delight me.
Not only do they flirt at story, but they evoke a certain
melancholic, dazed dreaminess.

And what's fun (and an interesting exercise) is to brainstorm
what causes the perception of one mood or another in these
photos - the sun glaring on fine blonde hair, wet pavement,
a scowl, the churning of the clouds, contrast or lack thereof.
Then think of how you could and would express these
elements in writing, how you could make them come alive,
dancing before readers' eyes as much as they do in the photos.

Good description is a learned skill, one of the prime reasons
you cannot succeed unless you read a lot and write a lot. It's
not just a question of how-to, you see; it's a question of how
much to. Reading will help you answer how much, and only
reams of writing will help you with the how.
- Stephen King, On Writing

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