Friday, 22 April 2011

A Picture Can Inspire a Thousand Words or More...

Yesterday I was looking at some photos taken while I was in Dorset a few years ago- it's a very scenic place to visit at any time of the year.

I often find that when I've taken a photo, concentrating on a scene or subject, something off to one side has been captured. It doesn't have anything to do with what I'm interested in, but later on those unexpected scenes set off the creative tingles...

beach,Black dog,hillside,fields,pebbles
Where've they gone?

I won't throw out magazines (recycle) until I've looked at each page for interesting faces, places or information I might find a use for later on. (My husband despairs and tries to throw things out when I'm not there to scream "stop!")

As it's the Easter holidays and next weekend the Royal Wedding and the May Day Bank Holiday, you might be out and visiting old houses or markets.

Guide books and postcards are great prompts for stories or for settings.

I have a few old postcards that I've picked up over the years- currently in a box that was put somewhere I can't remember...I must look it out.
(Postcard collecting is apparently a serious hobby and there are books about it.)

So here are a few photos for you that might inspire a story...

sand,beach,spade,bucket,railings,stone wall,shadows,sunlight
Stopped for lunch or something else?

Wait for me!


Rosemary Gemmell said...

Yes, I love old photos for inspiration, Carol - but find art galleries even more inspiring. I wrote about all those places where we can find ideas a couple of years ago in Freelance Market News. It's always one of those questions writers are asked, isn't it!

Carolb said...

I so agree Rosemary. I think writers and artists often see more in pictures and paintings than others do. I especially find expressions on portrait subjects can be revealing.