Inspiration: Photography Writing

Read the previous posts in the inspiration series!
1 - A Simple Guide to Outdoor Inspiration
2 - Quick Writes and Add-ons
4 - When the Old and the New Work Together


A picture is worth a thousand words, as the old saying goes.

While a few lazy kids might just think of this as an excuse to call a photo of their house an essay, when you wrap your mind around the apothegm it starts to sound reasonable. The tree above is a good example of this. If I put my mind to it, I can write thousands of words that describe the photo; the clumps of moss on the branches, the twists and turns each branch takes around another, et cetera. Not only does the classic “thousand words” phrase bring light to the importance of attention to detail, but also goes to show the power of the human mind. Being able to take a simple image of a landscape or an object and completely change it’s meaning has defined plenty different genres of art and literature and has enabled talented artists and writers unleash their creativity and show it to the world.

To reference my A Simple Guide to Outdoor Inspiration post, one of the most efficient ways to inspire yourself and break writer’s block is to go outside and look for ideas. You could jot down some notes about what you see, but after publishing the original post I’ve found that taking a picture of any noteworthy parts of the area is a lot more practical, considering you’ll probably want to refer back to the photo while you’re writing.

Feel free to take a photo of whatever you want! As long as you get some great ideas into your head, your mission is accomplished.

Nicholas Lucchetto, The ESSAYER

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