Prom night at the Lincoln Memorial. A prom photo is obligatory, but the story behind this photo might be anything but conventional.
Susan says, “Three inventive teens have found a distinctive setting for their prom night photo. They have picked the Lincoln Memorial as their backdrop which seems fitting. But in contrast to that relative normalcy, they strike a ‘James Bond’ pose and instead of the conventional twosome they are three. In a oddly fitting contrast to their choices, their potential audience is all looking the other way, as they should, at Lincoln. No one is interested in them, but their photographer and Lucia. How lucky you might be if this were your story. Who are these kids? Why here? Why three? What next? So many possibilities for a good story well told. If the photo already has your audience asking questions you are halfway to success.”
Lucia says, “This is a story with in a story. Here three local teens enjoy their prom night, while tourists from all over the world focus on the Lincoln Memorial. From my perspective there’s even more to the story. I created a photo of someone taking a photo. You can see the tiny image of the threesome in the mobile phone the woman in white is holding. I assume the ‘mobile’ photographer is the mother of one of the prom goers. I could have composed my photo to exclude the mother, and focused on the clever teens, and that would have been interesting in itself – smartly dress teens at the memorial would have been a good story. But including the mother in the photo adds another dimension to the scene. It becomes a story of a proud mother capturing memories. Have these teens been friends throughout their school years? Has the mother knows these kids all their lives? These thoughts crossed my mind as I watched them pose and laugh together.”
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