Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Make Your Own Photo Journal: Use Your Senses

Make your own photo journal by telling the story behind your photographs. 
Quick, grab an old photograph! Let’s unfold the story behind it. 

Focus on the senses: what you saw, heard, tasted, smelled, and touched. One of my favorite photographs is an old photograph of my sister and me on Christmas day, sometime in the 1960s.

What I saw—Daddy working ever so patiently to pose his little dolls. The dining room wall was his blank canvas.
What I heard—Probably something like this, “Look up in the corner. Smile. A real big smile.”
What I tasted—My special Christmas candy was a hard raspberry flavored candy with a jelly center. I would suck on it for a few minutes, and then crush it until the surprise jelly center was exposed. I would position it on the center of my tongue and let it dissolve slowly.
What I smelled—The lingering aroma of the Christmas Eve ham. We always left Santa a ham sandwich (without cheese of course because Santa, whom we later learned was Daddy, did not like cheese).
What I touched—The crunchy crinoline slip under my Christmas dress gently scratched at my legs.

What did you see, hear, taste, smell, and touch in your photograph? This is the story in you. Share it.


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