Along with the images, the photographers write a very short piece about the picture they have uploaded. In a combination of words and image, a vivid story emerges that is often far more than the sum of its parts.
You can see where this is going, can't you?
I got to thinking about 'Dear Photograph' and the prompts it could engender. I've often seen photographs as prompts and short sentences, or single words, as prompts; here we have the two together. The pictures and words are poignant, uplifting, and inspirational.
Writing creatively is about conveying story vividly so that the picture that emerges is greater than the language used to describe it. Think about some of the stories you have read that left you with a very clear picture of the characters and the setting. If you revisit those books and look objectively at the writing, you will see less descriptive writing than you thought was there at the time of reading.
Part of this is the 'show, don't tell' aspect of writing - showing an emotion, situation, or scene through the words you use rather than writing a description merely telling the reader what is going on. For example:
- An endless blue sky stretched overhead and the flower-strewn meadow buzzed with the warmth of the day
- It was summer and the sun was shining in a cloudless sky
So, getting back to the original subject matter of this post - a photograph and a short description can be more than enough to write something from your own imagination. Give it a go. Visit the site and scroll through some of the posts. Imagine what might be behind each post and see if you can write your own story.