Greetings, Dear Reader! A. Catherine Noon here, with some thoughts on images. Pictures. Pics. Snaps. Cams. They’re ubiquitous now. A great quote from a television show, “Instagram is Twitter for people who can’t read.” While funny, I think it’s unfair. What’s charming about it is that we can share moments of our lives with each other. The more we practice a thing, the better we get; this is as true for photography as anything else. The more we take pictures in our daily round, the better we get at it.
And then, the fun starts.
For example, have you considered trying picture prompts for writing? Take a photo of something, and then write a story about it. It doesn’t need to be long, just a story. Try thinking outside the box. If it’s a picture of a tree, what if the tree were sentient? “One day, tree woke up and…” Or, alternatively, take a photo a day of a project on which you’re working: maybe a craft, or your daily walks, or meals you prepare for dinner.
When I write, I like to use pictures to generate ideas. I might look for male actors of a certain description, or browse model sites looking for people to cast in my next novel. I also love lolcat images, which if you’ve been reading me a while, you probably already know. They have the added benefit of being copyright-free, so I can use them while blogging. This is one reason I have so few mancandy images in my blog posts, because I don’t own the images that I browse and unless I have rights to use them commercially, I can’t put them in a blog post.
But don’t despair, there’s Pinterest! That’s a way to browse online and collect images without needing to worry about attributions, because the images point back to their original posting location. I’m new to Pinterest, and hardly an expert, but I think it’s a fun way to explore. I know a lot of authors have expansive Pinterest worlds they use to share character inspirations with readers and to collect things like crafts or locations for settings in their books.
The ways we can use images has expanded immeasurably from the days of film and darkrooms. Now, we can snap shots with our smartphone and publish them to a global audience.
What about you, Dear Reader? What’s your favorite subject to photograph?
– E.E. Cummings
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