One of my many chores is going through all of the digital photos I’ve downloaded onto my computer, printing them and putting them in some sort of order. Unfortunately my artistic talent doesn’t always translate into fabulous photos. I’ve got some amazing foreground pictures with all kinds of weirdness in the background or off to the side of whatever I found interesting. Very often I get a shot of people I don’t know taking up more of the frame than the ones I do know. So what to do? Toss them? Oh no. First of all, I toss very little. It can all be used for something. I might need it someday. My favorite thing to do with those odd pictures is to make up stories about whatever I didn’t intend to take.
story writing exercise: Find a photo or a picture in a magazine or on the internet that includes people that you don’t know. Write their story….do they know each other? are they friends or lovers? enemies maybe? will they meet? is one of them a criminal? are they brothers who’ve never met? Write in enough detail so that your reader can see the people without ever seeing the photo.