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Writing Prompt: Photo Search

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, so a photograph will surely help to get you writing, right?

For this week’s writing prompt, I’d like you to mentally look around your home, in scrapbooks and photo albums, in various folders on your computer, anywhere you have pictures, and make a list of your favorite photographs. Write a couple of words only, just enough to remind you of what photo you’re talking about. Write as quickly as you can. Don’t think too much. The focus is on quantity of information, not the quality of the information.

Then, pick one of the photographs you listed and write about it. Describe the photo in detail. What is the subject of the photo? Who is in it? When was it taken? Was this a special occasion? What does this photograph say to you? What does it mean to you?


  • Judi Graham
    Posted November 5, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    This is a picture of my great granddaughters dressed for Halloween. In the back is Jadiah Leigh, in her pink and purple super hero costume. She’s holding her baby sister, Millie who is six months old. Millie has that pacifier in her mouth so it’s difficult to see how cute she looks in her little pumpkin costume with the cute little pumpkin feet in it. In the front are Autumn with a lollypop in her mouth, dressed in her blue and white mermaid costume and Malia, in her white fur trimmed pale blue princess dress. That child is almost too beautiful for words.

    This picture is of a joyous occasion, but for me it is sad. Missing from this picture of my great grandson, Logan who passed away in late September. This is the first group picture since his death and while I should be happy and proud, I am sad and it brings tears to my eyes. Perhaps it will get easier with time. I hope so. I miss him.

  • Post Author
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Thank you, Judi, for sharing your picture story with us. You so perfectly demonstrate that there is always so much more to the story than what a picture can capture. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your precious great ganrdson, Logan. These firsts are always so painful, even in the midst of joy. I hope, too, it will get easier with time. Take care, Judi.

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